Philippine military ships steam to Tubbataha to help free grounded U.S. Navy minesweeper

The Philippines has sent two tugboats and three ships to the Tubbataha National Marine Park in the Sulu Sea, where the USS Guardian remains stranded on a coral reef.

The Philippines has sent two tugboats and three ships to the Tubbataha National Marine Park in the Sulu Sea, where the USS Guardian remains stranded on a coral reef.

 

According to a Xinhua report on the Philippine Star, the Philippine Navy has sent two tugboats and three ships to help the grounded U.S. ship. "(Navy spokesman Gregory Gerald) Fabic said Philippine navy ship BRP Mangyan is carrying an oil spill boom to control possible oil spill caused by USS Guardian," the report said.

 

The U.S. Pacific Fleet has released a statement saying the accident may have been because of a faulty digital nautical chart. The ship was allegedly headed for Indonesia after making a port call in Subic Bay.

 

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said "the primary concern is extricating the ship out of the reef with minimal damage. So we have yet to see the extent (of the damage) until that (USS Guardian) is extricated and divers are able to check what will hopefully be very minimal damage."

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