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Sun Mar 31, 2013, 04:59 AM

($277 million dollar) U.S. Navy ship removed from Philippine reef (in pieces)


U.S. Navy ship removed from Philippine reef
By Agence France-Presse
Saturday, March 30, 2013 10:27 EDT

Salvage teams on Saturday removed the last piece of a US Navy ship that was stuck on a UNESCO World Heritage-listed coral reef in the Philippines for more than 10 weeks, the coast guard said.

The stern of the USS Guardian was lifted off the Tubbataha Reef after the 68-metre (223-foot) vessel was sliced into portions for easier removal, Philippine coast guard spokeswoman Lieutenant Greanata Jude said.

Bad weather had earlier delayed the recovery operations but once the skies cleared, a salvage ship used a huge crane to lift the bow, the deck, the funnel and other pieces of the ship off the reef.


Under Philippine law, ships that run aground on Tubbataha are fined 24,000 pesos ($585) for every square metre of damaged reef, she said.

unhappycamper comment: No bad; it took the United States only ten weeks to remove it.

For more pics, google: uss guardian dismantle

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Sun Mar 31, 2013, 06:00 AM

1. Ouch, ouch, ouch. A fairly new vessel, and that skipper is toast. nt

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