29 Jan '13, 11am

Trapped U.S. Navy Minesweeper To Be Broken Up

Trapped U.S. Navy Minesweeper To Be Broken Up

Caught between the jagged coral of an ocean reef and Filipino environmental and political concerns, the U.S. Navy says it will cut up the trapped USS Guardian and take it away piece by piece. “Our only supportable option is to dismantle the damaged ship and remove it in sections,” Capt. Darryn James, spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, said Jan. 29. The decision, James said, keeps salvage equipment in deeper water and minimizes further damage to the coral reef. The salvage plan, he said, aims to “safely remove individual sections of the ship without causing the release of harmful materials.” Earlier, Rear Adm. Tom Carney, commander of the salvage effort, said the ship was too badly damaged for salvors to tow her off the reef. Two heavy lift ship-borne cranes are en route to the scene of the grounding in the western Philippines and should arrive about Feb.1, James said. T...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130129/DEFREG02/3012...

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Minesweeper trapped on reef to be broken up

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