Navy Ship Runs Aground In Philippines: USS Guardian Hits Reef In Sulu Sea

By iScienceTimes Staff Reporter on January 17, 2013 10:02 AM EST

USS Guardian
USS Guardian (Photo: Creative Commons)

A U.S. Navy ship ran aground in the Philippines after hitting a reef in the Sulu Sea. The Navy ship that ran aground, the USS Guardian, hit the reef early Wednesday morning and remains stuck, though all 81 crew members are reportedly safe.

"The ship is currently stuck on the reef, approximately 80 miles east-southeast of Palawan Island," the U.S. said, according to Yahoo! News. "The crew is currently working to determine the best method of safely extracting the ship."

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The U.S. Navy is investigating why the ship ran aground and there does not appear to be any fuel spill at this time. The Navy ship that ran aground hit the reef at approximately 2:25 a.m., 400 miles south of the Philippines capital city of Manila.              

The USS Guardian, a 14 Avenger Class-ship, is a minesweeper "capable of finding, classifying and destroying moored and bottom mines." Such vessels use sonar and video systems, cable cutters and a mine detonating device that can be released and activated by remote control," according to the Inquisitr.

There had been no explanation as to why the ship was in the area at the time.

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