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Navy Relieves 4 USS Guardian Officers After Grounding

The Navy announced today it has relieved four officers from the former USS Guardian - including the commanding officer - in response to the ship's grounding on the environmentally-sensitive Tubbataha Reef near the Philippines.

According to a statement from the U.S. Pacific Fleet provided to the Associated Press:

[I]nitial findings indicate all four sailors failed to adhere to standard navigation procedures at the time of the Jan. 17 grounding ...

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Navy To Hold Decommissioning Ceremony For USS Guardian

The U.S. Navy will conduct a formal decommissioning ceremony for the USS Guardian on March 6 in Japan, according to Vice Adm. Tom Copeman, Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

The Guardian ran aground on Tubbataha Reef the morning of January 17 while transiting the Sulu Sea, approximately 80 miles east-southeast of Palawan Island. The Navy determined the ship was "beyond economical repair" - and now salvage crews ...

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Salavaging Of USS Guardian Starts Today (Video)

After many stops and starts, it appears salvage operations have resumed today on the USS Guardian, which ran aground on Tubbataha Reef near the Philippines on January 17.

The Philippine Star reports Tropical Depression “Crising” had stalled operations for a bit, forcing the primary crane ship Jascon 25 to temporarily leave the area. However, Jascon 25 is moving back toward the Guardian:

The salvage team as of 9:30 a ...

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San Diego-Based USS Warrior To Replace USS Guardian

Instead of heading home to San Diego as planned, the USS Warrior is leaving Bahrain and heading toward Japan. The ship will replace the USS Guardian, according to 7th Fleet public affairs, which has been grounded on a reef near the Philippines since January 17.

The Warrior recently completed a deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, and was slated to head back to San Diego.

Fortunately ...

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Navy Cites 'Lack Of Leadership' In Probe Of USS Guardian Grounding (Video)

The Navy cites a "lack of leadership" as one of the reasons for the grounding of the USS Guardian near the Philippines on January 17, 2013.

In the 160-page investigation report, Adm. Cecil D. Haney, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, writes:

"USS Guardian leadership and watch teams failed to adhere to prudent, safe, and sound navigation principles which would have alerted them to approaching dangers with sufficient time ...

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USS Guardian Crew Returns To Homeport In Japan

Crew members of the USS Guardian, which ran aground off the coast of the Philippines on January 17, have returned to their homeport of Sasebo, Japan.

Meanwhile, U.S. Navy salvage experts are in the process of removing "potentially harmful" materials from the Guardian with the hopes the ship will soon be removed from where it's been stuck on Tubbataha Reef for almost two weeks.

According to a 7th ...

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USS Guardian Removed From Tubbataha Reef (Video)

The Navy has removed the USS Guardian from the Tubbataha Reef near the Philippines, where it ran aground January 17. The ship had to taken apart in order to be safely lifted off the environmentally-sensitive reef.

The Navy has released three videos documenting the removal of the ship. In this first video, the salvage crew aboard the crane ship M/V JASCON 25 remove the bow of Guardian from Tubbataha ...

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Navy: USS Guardian Must Be Cut Into Pieces For Removal

Navy officials say the USS Guardian must be cut into pieces in order for it to be removed from the coral reef where it ran aground January 17.

Lt. Anthony Falvo, a spokesman for the Pacific Fleet, wrote in an email to Stars and Stripes:

“Our naval architecture and salvage experts have reviewed all possible alternatives, and our only supportable option is to dismantle the damaged ship and remove it ...

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San Diego-Based USS Warrior Arrives In Japan To Replace Guardian

The USS Warrior, which until now has been homeported in San Diego, arrived in Japan on Wednesday to replace the USS Guardian, according to the Guardian's Facebook page.

The Guardian ran aground on Tubbataha Reef in January, and the ship is currently being dismantled piece by piece to safely remove it from the reef.

The crew of the Guardian will take over the Warrior, which will now be forward ...

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Clues Emerge As To Why USS Guardian Ran Aground

The coral reef on which the USS Guardian ran aground on January 17 was misplaced by eight nautical miles on a digital chart used by the Guardian crew for navigation, according to the Navy Times, and this error may have been "a significant factor" in the accident.

In addition, the Navy Times reports:

As of Jan. 18, Navy ships have been directed to “operate with caution” when using similar electronic ...

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USS Guardian Crew Removed As Navy Attempts To Free Grounded Ship (Video)

The Navy ordered the removal of the 79 Sailors who make up the crew of the USS Guardian after the ship ran aground Thursday on a coral reef off the coast of the Philippines.

Small boats helped transfer the Guardian crew to nearby support vessels USNS Bowditch and MSV C-Champion.

U.S. Seventh Fleet commander Vice Adm. Scott Swift said in a Navy news release:

“Seventh Fleet ships remain on ...

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Board Approves USS Guardian Salvage Plan (Video)

The board in charge of protecting the Tubbataha Reef, where the USS Guardian ran aground last month, has approved a U.S. Navy plan to cut the ship into pieces in order to remove it safely from the area, according to GMA News.

The Tubbataha Protected Area Management Board gave the go-ahead to the plan Tuesday evening Philippines time.

The United States and Philippines governments released a joint statement that ...

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Recovery Of Grounded USS Guardian Begins

As the Navy continues its recovery efforts of the grounded USS Guardian off the coast of the Philippines, two ships that will aid in the rescue are en route.

Task Force Unit Guardian spokesman Lt. Cmdr. James Stockman wrote in an email to Stars and Stripes that the USNS Salvor (a Military Sealift Command salvage ship) and the Vos Apollo (a tug boat from Malaysia) will help with recovery of ...

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USS Guardian Taking On Water

It could be up to two more weeks before the USS Guardian is moved from where it ran aground on the environmentally-sensitive Tubbataha Reef near the Philippines, according to the Stars and Stripes.

At a news conference Thursday, Rear Adm. Thomas Carney, commander of the Navy's Logistics Group in the Western Pacific, said the ship has been damaged to such an extent that it is now reportedly taking on ...

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