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USS Guardian removed from Tubbataha Reef; damage assessment next

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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

The removal of the minesweeper USS Guardian that got stuck in Tubbataha Reefs some two months ago was completed Saturday, two weeks ahead of date estimates initially made by both Philippine and US authorities.

Posted: March 31st, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Save reef not US ship, says PH government

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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

The United States Navy has sent 10 American divers to assess the situation and brought in two private salvor ships to try to extricate its minesweeper that got stuck on Tubbataha Reef, a world-renowned marine sanctuary in the Sulu Sea, the Philippine Navy said on Sunday.

Posted: January 21st, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

US Navy sends assessment team for extraction of marooned minesweeper

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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

The United States Navy has sent an assessment team that would plan and execute the delicate extraction of an American minesweeper from the Tubbataha Reef with the least damage on the marine sanctuary where it has been trapped since Thursday, the unit’s Japan-based fleet has said.

Posted: January 19th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

US Navy minesweeper arrives in Subic Sunday

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Two US Navy guided missile destroyers await joint exercise to begin at the Puerto Princessa Port in Palawan on June 29. More than 1,200 US and Philippine Navy personnel joined the 11 days of exercises that included live-fire drills, tracking and interdiction and patrolling maneuvers in the Sulu Sea off the western Philippine province of Palawan, which lies near the disputed Spratly Islands. AP/Xinhua

A US Navy ship forward deployed in Japan is set to drop anchor in Subic Bay, Olongapo City for routine refueling and re-supply stop Sunday, the US Embassy in Manila said.

Posted: January 12th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

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