US Navy relieves 4 officers from grounded minesweeper


This handout photo taken on January 19, 2013 and released on January 20, 2013 by the Philippine Western Command (WESCOM) shows an aerial shot of US Navy minesweeper, the USS Guardian, as it remains trapped on the Tubbataha reef after it ran aground on the western Philippine island of Palawan. AFP FILE PHOTO

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii — Four officers of a U.S. Navy minesweeper that ran aground on coral reef in the Philippines are being relieved of their duties.

The U.S. Pacific Fleet said in a statement Wednesday that initial findings indicate all four sailors failed to adhere to standard navigation procedures at the time of the Jan. 17 grounding of the Guardian.

The sailors are the commanding officer, the executive officer and navigator, the assistant navigator and the officer of the deck. They’ve been reassigned.

Workers recently finished dismantling and removing the minesweeper from Tubbataha National Marine Park.

The park’s superintendent has said the grounding damaged about 4,000 square meters, or nearly 5,000 square yards, of reef.

The U.S. could face a fine of more than $2 million for the damage.

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  • kilabot

    a $2m f*ckup resulted in relief of those responsible;
    a P30b oil smuggling f*ckup resulted in boc chief clinging to post with boss consent.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      and your point comrade

  • joboni96


    to face pilipino laws

    kaya lang nag mcarthur na
    tumakbo na

    thanks to collaborators in the government
    and bwisiting forces agreement

    • Magsasaka

      asa ka pa pre, yong rapist nga napawalang sala dahil yong babaeng ginahasa pa ang pihahirapan ng gobyerno natin kaya ng bigyan sya ng offer na gagawing US citizen pumayag na, dito ka lang makakakita na ang gobyerno ay tumulong sa isang rapist na sundalong kano

    • Joe Kano

      Preposterous paranoid propaganda peddlers preferably procure proper pharmaceuticals promptly.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      stilll working at the chinese embassy making up picket signs

    • Crazy_horse101010

      chinese ship who destroyed half of lagunais protected reef at talisay cebu was allowed to sail off when the captain paid a 5000 piso fine so why arent you crying about that one comrade. it did more damage than the minesweeper. it hardly made the papers and no one picketed the chinese embassy comrade

    • kanoy


    • BIGButo

      calm down crazy man you sound like you have lost your mind.

  • pepito gwaps

    Dollars can talk.

  • Jane Tan

    Lol… reassigned to another ship that will eventually hit the reef again

  • dani77777

    What else is there, there’s no more ship to command.

  • $18209031

    We dont know who these navy officers so they are scathe free. They refused to reveal who they are and thus they can roam freely in the Philippines oblivious to the destruction they committed . This is a shame and insult.
    RP must demand who these people are who carried out this mishap as part of the reparations on our national treasure. By doing so, we can bar these idiots from even traveling to and fro in RP territory. Blacklist their names .Stupidity and arrogance must not go unpunished.

  • Nestor Moog

    The case against these officers accused of culpability in the Guardian’s grounding is serious. The US Navy considers “hazarding …” a very serious matter. Article 110 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice stipulates, among others, “(a) Any person subject to this chapter who willfully and wrongfully hazards or suffers to be hazarded any vessel of the armed forces shall suffer death or such other punishment as a court-martial may direct.

    (b) Any person subject to this chapter who negligently hazards or suffers to be hazarded any vessel of the armed forces shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.” At the very least, these officers so accused now have their careers effectively ended.

  • Nestor Moog

    Lt. Cmdr. Mark Rice, executive officer Daniel Tyler, the ship’s enlisted assistant navigator and the officer of the deck at the time of the ship’s grounding were all relieved because they “did not adhere to the standard navy navigation procedures,” Expeditionary Strike Group Seven spokesman Lt. Brian Wierzbicki said.

  • BatangSingapore

    napaka tanga talaga ng mga press at gobyerno ni abnoy at ginagawa pa kwentuhan ang balitang ito.

    hoy mga BUGOK siempre irelieved yan dahil wala naman na barkong paaandarin hahhahahaha. hindi nyo ba nabasa ililipat lang ng assignment. mga tungaw talaga mga mokong na ito.

  • power4things

    “A collision at sea can ruin your whole day”

    • BIGButo

      That’s for sure

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