Caught between the jagged coral of an ocean reef and Filipino environmental and political concerns, the U.S. Navy announced it will cut up the trapped USS Guardian and take it away piece by piece.
“Our only supportable option is to dismantle the damaged ship and remove it in sections,” Rear Adm. Tom Carney, commander of the salvage effort, said in a prepared statement released in conjunction with a Tuesday morning, Jan. 29 press conference at the Philippine Coast Guard facility in Puerto Princesa on the island of Palawan.
Yikes! As soon as I’d seen the news that USS Guardian had rotated and was no longer head on with the reef, I was afraid this would be the outcome.
Anybody recall the last time the Navy lost a commissioned vessel to grounding?
And it’s not like we’re chockablock full of minesweepers.