Cutting of USS Guardian’s hull underway

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In a photo released by the U.S. Navy, the mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian sits aground in this Jan. 22, 2013 file photo on the Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea in the Philippines. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The dismantling of the USS Guardian continued on Thursday with the cutting and removal of an undisclosed number of “small compartments below the main deck” of the grounded US Navy minesweeper, according to the spokesperson of the Philippine Coast Guard.

Citing a report from the PCG-led Task Force Tubbataha in Palawan, Lieutenant Commander Armand Balilo, chief of the Coast Guard’s public affairs office, said “the salvage operation progressed with works mainly below the main deck.”

The US Navy-contracted salvage team also “cut and opened a portion of the main deck to get access to the ship’s hull,” he told the Inquirer in a text message.

Balilo said the salvage team continued “cutting and securing pipelines and other pipes connected to different compartments below the main deck.”

The Tubbataha task force, headed by Commodore Enrico Efren Evangelista, chief of the PCG’s  Palawan district, reported  that the weather in the reef area continued to be favorable.

Early this week, Evangelista said preparations were under way for the cutting of the hull, or the outer shell of the USS Guardian, which has been grounded on the reef since January 17.

Last week, the ship’s four engines, as well as its two diesel generators and fantail cranes, were removed by the lead crane ship Jascon 25 and transferred to the barge Seabridge S-700.

The ship dismantling operation began on February 22 but was suspended at least four times due to bad weather.

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  • INQ_reader

    american stupidity: day 64 on 3/21/13

    • Crazy_horse101010

      inq stupidity still going on and on and on and on . blah blah blah who cares racist

      • giltor

        horsey patootie

        ho hum . . .

        accusation of racism is the last refuge of a scoundrel when it ran out of argument.

  • delpillar

    American stupidity…. not because the ship ran aground.
    But because of spending 300 million US dollars or more just to cut and delicately extract the ill-fated ship instead of just pulling the ship by bigger ship.

    Destroying about 1,000 to 4,000 square meters of coral reefs is understandable damage to the environment if the ship is just pulled to a deeper part. Cutting a ship of this size requires three or more ships of much bigger tonnage, thereby destroying more parts of the reef than just pulling out the ships which will create only a canal-like damage to the reef.

    A lot of American money is wasted on this hypocrite ecological consideration campaign of some Filipino politicians for poltical milage. Politicians who are involved in environmental idiocy projects.

    If you can see from video footage and even some pictures, just a few hundred meters more of dragging out that ship can already make it to considerable depth of sailing by itself. This is what CHINA did in the Spratly when the their frigate ran aground too.
    In WW2, both US and Japan dropped thousands of dept-charges during anti-Submarine warfare. US bombers also made carpet bombing of the battleship YAMATO as she is scaping from the battle of the Leyte Gulf.

    A basketball court is about 500 square meters. Two to 20 times as large as basketball court in the vast Tubbataha reef is nothing.

    The Philippine government should had negotiated to just pull or drag the ship and pay a few million US dollars (instead of the 300 million to be spent of cutting piece by piece) to the Collegiate Scholarship foundations etc.

    • Handiong_Haringmakabayan

      I think we have to commend the US for accommodating our tree-huggers and coral-lovers out there.

    • INQ_reader

      You mean UNESCO is hypocrite in declaring the Tubbataha Reef National Park as a world heritage site? UNESCO money did not come from america, unless america already paid their backlog of payments to the UN.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        where do you think the un comes from dumb dumb america and whay back log of payments

      • giltor

        horsie patootie

        where do you think the word “balasubUS” comes from!

      • INQ_reader

        UN is composed of more than 190 countries. Without the funds from these countries except US who owes UN a lot, UN cannot operate

    • Manuel_II

      I dont want our reef to be further damage by this ship, so what are you going to do about it. LOL

  • misuari playboy

    sir, i am looking for kiram joker story, let me know if you got one.

  • joboni96

    pilipino 1
    imperyalistang u.s. 0 bugok

    kompiskahin na mga pirapirasong yan at
    huliin ang mga ttangaangang crew

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