Stranded Minesweeper On Philippine Reef Is Total Loss, Says US Navy




” The US Navy said that a minesweeper that ran aground on a coral reef off the Philippines was a complete loss after announcing plans to dismantle it

US Pacific Fleet spokesman Captain Darryn James said there was a chance the USS Guardian might break up or sink if crews tried to remove it without taking it apart first.

Limiting damage to the coral, which was part of a national marine park, was important to the navy, James said.

“We really do care about being good stewards of the environment,” he said.”


Details on the USS Guardian’s history