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Reef salvage target: Jan. 30

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POWERLESS. Giant waves batter the USS Guardian, a minesweeper that ran aground in the Tubbataha Reefs in the Sulu Sea, tossing the ship some 90 degrees from its position on Thursday (inset) and making it parallel to the reef line. The photographs are courtesy of the AFP FILE PHOTO

Plans to remove the stranded United States Navy minesweeper USS Guardian from the Tubbataha Reef are expected to be finalized today, with a private Singaporean salvage company instructed to prioritize minimizing further environmental damage in the area.

Posted: January 26th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Palace won’t rush into action on US Navy ship grounding in Tubbataha

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The USS Guardian, after it ran aground in Tubbataha Reefs is pictured on Jan. 17, 2013, by the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command. The salvage operation for the US Navy minesweeper suffered another setback after tropical depression “Crising” struck parts of Mindanao on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, a Philippine Coast Guard officer said.  AP

Malacañang is in no hurry to hold the US Navy accountable for its minesweeper that ran aground in the Tubbataha Reefs, even as a militant group has called for an inspection of the ship.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Americas,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

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