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U.S. Ship Damages Tubbataha Reef

Discussion in 'Diving and Marine Life' started by PatO, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. Knowdafish

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    Yup, they just landed a new reef going submarine. :smile:
     
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    Only the US Gov't knows.
     
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    The ship's wooden hull - covered in fiberglass - is punctured and parts of the ship have been flooded. As part of the salvage effort the 15,000 gallons of diesel fuel aboard the Guardian were transferred to a Malaysian tug contracted by the Navy. Other materials that might damage the reef have also been removed including : 671 gallons of lubricating oil; dry food stores; paints and solvents contained in storage lockers; and the crew's personal effects left behind on the ship.
    A preliminary Navy review found that the digital chart the crew was using to navigate the ship incorrectly listed the reef's location by 8 miles. A review of additional charts created by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency found another navigational aberration off the coast of Chile. Both have been corrected.
    The Philippine Congress is conducting its own investigation of the ship's grounding.
    According to a Navy fact sheet, the Navy's 14 Avenger-class ships "are designed as mine sweepers/hunter-killers capable of finding, classifying and destroying moored and bottom mines." With hulls made of wood and sheathed in fiberglass, the 224-foot-long vessels "use sonar and video systems, cable cutters and a mine detonating device that can be released and detonated by remote control. They are also capable of conventional sweeping measures."
    A number of the vessels have been deployed to the Persian Gulf over the past year to counter any possible Iranian threat to close the Strait of Hormuz with mines.
     
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    What's more, they are going to cut it up.

    Stuck Minesweeper to Be Cut Into Pieces - Yahoo! News

    Larry
     
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    80 male seamen and 20 female seamen go out on deployment, 20 women are evaced for advanced pregnancy, 40 couples come back.
     
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    What high - tech stuff that stuff put the schip on a reef.

    Greetings J.Diver
     
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    Captain Finlander: Now don't worry, Commodore. The Bedford'll never fire first. But if he fires one, I'll fire one.
    Ensign Ralston: Fire One!

    (What movie was this line from)
     
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    The Bedford incident
     
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    The commanding officer and three crew of a US minesweeper which ran aground on a protected coral reef in the Philippines have been relieved of their duties, the US Navy said Thursday.

    A statement from the US Pacific Fleet in Hawaii said an initial investigation had found that the commander of the USS Guardian and three others had failed to "adhere to standard US Navy navigation procedures."

    "The US Navy has the highest accountability standards and all four sailors were relieved by Rear Admiral Jeffrey Harley due to their role in the grounding and a loss of confidence," a statement said.
     
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