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Thu Jan 17, 2013, 04:29 AM

U.S. Navy minesweeper runs aground off Philippines

A U.S. Navy minesweeper, the USS Guardian, ran aground in the Sulu Sea off the Philippines on Thursday, and was stuck on a reef, the Navy said.

No one was injured in the incident, which occurred at 2:25 a.m. local time on Tubbataha Reef about 80 miles east-southeast of Palawan Island, in the Philippines, the Navy said. There were no reports that any fuel leaked from the vessel.

The ship, with a crew of 80, had just completed a port call at Subic Bay in the Philippines, when the grounding occurred.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/17/us-usa-navy-grounding-idUSBRE90G06H20130117

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Reply U.S. Navy minesweeper runs aground off Philippines (Original post)
Sherman A1 Jan 2013 OP
Scuba Jan 2013 #1
whistler162 Jan 2013 #2
dballance Jan 2013 #3
Separation Jan 2013 #4
Sherman A1 Jan 2013 #5
dballance Jan 2013 #9
Separation Jan 2013 #10
davidpdx Jan 2013 #6
Motown_Johnny Jan 2013 #7
Enrique Jan 2013 #8
PoliticAverse Jan 2013 #11
ManiacJoe Jan 2013 #17
Aristus Jan 2013 #12
Brother Buzz Jan 2013 #14
Aristus Jan 2013 #15
Brother Buzz Jan 2013 #16
ellisonz Jan 2013 #13

Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 06:05 AM

1. Let's see. A visit Olongapo, then beach the boat. Is there a cause/effect relationship here?

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 06:28 AM

2. Dang you George Takei!

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 07:32 AM

3. I Hope For the Captain's Sake he's Close to Retirement

Or he'll enjoy his new desk job.

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Response to dballance (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 08:28 AM

4. He/She will be looking for a new job by the summer

Navy is sacking Captains left and right. He/She will be abe to retire though but it will be within the year.

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Response to Separation (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 08:40 AM

5. Agreed

me thinks the Captain's Days of commanding a ship are over.

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Response to Separation (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 09:21 AM

9. I apologize for my sexist assumption the capt. was male in the OP /eom

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Response to dballance (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 09:32 AM

10. No need for apology. :)

Turns out you were right, the Guardian is commanded by Lieutenant Commander Mark A. Rice.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 08:53 AM

6. I hear Carnival Cruise Lines subsidiary is hiring in Europe

They will hire anyone.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 09:03 AM

7. Mission creep, they started looking for landmines

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 09:11 AM

8. picture of the captain

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #11)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 02:15 AM

17. 8-mile error on the reef location....

And you thought that the various online road maps were bad.....

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 01:08 AM

12. Kiss your Naval career goodbye, skipper.

Maritime charts exist for a reason...

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Response to Aristus (Reply #12)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 01:22 AM

14. Interesting, it looks like the charts (digital nautical charts) may have been faulty

Navy Ship May Have Run Aground Because Of A Faulty Map
Hrvoje Hranjski, Associated Press | Jan. 20, 2013, 9:48 AM

MANILA, Philippines (AP) An inaccurate map that mislocated a marine sanctuary may have caused a U.S. Navy minesweeper to run aground on a coral reef in the Philippines this week, the Navy said Saturday

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The Navy said in a statement that a review of Digital Nautical Charts, which are used for safe navigation by all U.S. Navy ships, found they contained inaccurate data and may have been a factor in the Guardian's grounding. As a result, Navigator of the Navy Rear Adm. Jonathan White released precautionary guidance to all Pacific Fleet ships, saying that "initial review of navigation data indicates an error in the location of Tubbataha Reef" in the Philippines.

"While the erroneous navigation chart data is important information, no one should jump to conclusions," said Pacific Fleet spokesman Capt. Darryn James. "It is critical that the U.S. Navy conduct a comprehensive investigation that assesses all the facts surrounding the Guardian grounding."

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Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/navy-ship-may-have-ran-aground-because-of-a-faulty-map-2013-1#ixzz2IaWsoEVK

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #14)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 01:28 AM

15. Okay.

Looks like he will have a strong defense at the inquiry.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #15)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 01:32 AM

16. That, or his Pops is a high ranking Admiral

A cynic, I am.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 01:18 AM

13. Fer Christ Sakes!

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