Friday, March 29, 2013

USS Guardian To Be Lifted From Philippine Reef

A U.S. Navy-contracted crane vessel, M/V Jascon 25, removes the bow of the mine countermeasure ship ex-Guardian on March 26. Guardian ran aground on the Tubbataha Reef on Jan. 17. (MC3 Kelly Sanders / U.S. Navy)

U.S. Navy Minesweeper To Be Lifted From Philippine Reef -- Defense News

MANILA — The final sections of a U.S. Navy ship that has been stuck on a U.N. World Heritage-listed coral reef in the Philippines for more than 10 weeks are set to be removed within days, an official said Thursday.

The Guardian’s bow was cut and lifted onto a salvage vessel this week, and good weather should lead to the removal of the rest of the ship by Monday, Tubbataha Reef marine park Superintendent Angelique Songco said.

“They continue to work, hopefully all done by April 1,” Songco told AFP by text message.

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More News On The USS Guardian

1st of 4 parts of USS Guardian's hull removed -- ABC-CBN News
USS Guardian set to be lifted from Tubbataha reef -- ABS-CBN News/AFP
USS Guardian’s bow cut, lifted—Coast Guard -- Inquirer
Bowing Out… -- Time
USS Warrior arrives in Sasebo to replace grounded Guardian -- Stars and Stripes

WNU Editor: The Daily Mail has some fantastic photos of this salvage operation.

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