US Navy Ship Aground On Philippine Reef 'Taking In Water' – BBC

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    Seen on Jan. 22, the minesweeper USS GUARDIAN remains stranded on Tubattaha Reef in the Sulu Sea. Here, a U.S. Navy P-3C Orion maritime surveillance aircraft flies overhead, surveying not only the ship but also looking for signs of fuel leaks. The Navy survey ship USNS BOWDITCH (T-AGS 62) stands by at left, while the Philippine Coast Guard ship BRP CORREGIDOR observes the scene at right. (U.S. Navy photo by Aircrewman Tactical Helicopters 3rd Class Geoffrey Trundell)

    Read more ....@ BBC News - US Navy ship aground on Philippine reef 'taking in water'

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    My question is; why or how does a modern warship equipped with the latest detection gear NOT see a reef that is clearly mapped and visible from a distance? Where were the lookouts? What about sonar? In any case, the captain and his senior officers should be looking for a new line of work in the very near future.
     
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    aaaand you are now watching the end of the Deck Officer of the Watch's career.
     
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    What does a minesweeper do these days anyway? What does any US Navy ship do besides waste fuel as America's "global force for good"?
     
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    Captain too
     
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    Mines get dirty.
     
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    Yours what gets dirty?
     
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    Obama slashes the defense budget and look what happens.
     
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    I know it's a "protected" reef, but isn't this a little absurd...?

    Stuck Minesweeper to Be Cut Into Pieces - Yahoo! News

    Unable to tow the minesweeper USS Guardian off a reef in the Philippines, the Navy has decided that the only way to free the ship without causing further damage to the reef is to cut the ship into pieces.

    That basically means the USS Guardian will no longer exist as a Navy vessel and will be taken off the Navy's ship roster.
     
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    Yep. Spend a few billion more on getting rid of a minesweeper. Might get a certain US President another humanitarian award. You know the liberal chant, "It's only money!"

    On a serious note, though, pissing off environmental barracudas in protected waters is not a good idea, either.

    I ought to know. I'm a little touchy about endangered birds.

    In the future, we need to keep minesweepers out of protected waters.
     
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    Just lay some fucking C4 in that coral and set the boat afloat. It's a no-brainer.
     

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