USS Guardian caused 1,000 square meters damage to Tubbataha Reef — PCG


MANILA, Philippines – Damage on Tubbataha Reef caused by the US Navy minesweeper that ran aground in Sulu Sea has been estimated at 1,000 square meters based on initial assessment, the Philippine Coast Guard said Wednesday.

“Nagkaroon na ng initial assessment tapos lumabas dun sa na report sa Task Force Tubbataha, kung san more or less 1,000 square meters (An initial assessment was made and the report of Task Force Tubbataha shows that the damage was  more or less 1,000 square meters,” PCG spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Armando Balilo told reporters in a phone interview.

The 68-meter USS Guardian had been stuck in Tubbataha Reef, a Unesco World Heritage Site, since January 17.

Balilo did not elaborate the extent of the damage further.

The damage was estimated by divers who went underwater and an assessment is being made by the US Navy, PCG and Philippine Navy.

Balilo said the US Navy has proposed three options to extricate the stricken vessel out of the reef: lifting by crane, towing and dismemberment.

Although no word has been said so far on when and how would the ship be removed out of the reef, Balilo said the next step would be to lighten up the vessel.

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  • marienkind

    Sounds big, but that’s just 10 meters by 100 meters.  An olympic pool is 1250 square meters. A basketball court is 420 square meters.

  • Gerardo Barrica

    USS Guardian is not a guardian after all. Mine sweepers are not necessarily map readers. What is their business in our waters wala namang mines dito. Baka naghanap ng Yamashita treasure ang mga iyan?
    This Americans can not be trusted, they must be up to something?

  • RamBoDan

    Easy to remove by putting up a air ballon underneath the ship and pump air …once it cleared then pull the ship… Easy said than done.

  • Juan Pablo Belardo

    ito ang napapala ng mga lousy at hambog na mga US Navy…kala mo kung sino umasta, bnigyan na cla ng warning ng Phil coastguard na mababaw ang ruta na tnatahak nla pro ano?minsan nga sa sarili na nating tubig imbes na PN ang mg challenge cla pa ng challenge at ayaw pa ibigay ang call sign ng barko nila….prng nalabas na ang PN ang stranghero sa sariling dagat….yes the american may be our ally but yet better open your eyes if what tingin nila sa atin….

  • joboni96

    kompiskahin na yang barko na yan tulad sa mga intsik switik fishermen
    ng may magamit pang depensa sa mga intsik switik

    another imperialist psywar operation
    to break down pilipino resistance to recolonization

    the recovered drone was another similar psywar operation of the imperialist
    yung sa scarborough, tonkin style pakana din nila


    mapapahamak tayo sa kabobohan ng u.s. navy

  • RamBoDan

    Reposting…Tubbataha Management Board Official Statement on the USS Guardian Incident
    By TMO Published on January 22, 2013 2:14 pm
    TODAY – JANUARY 22, 2013 – The Tubbataha Protected Area Management Board has released its official statement regarding the grounding incident involving USS Guardian in a board meeting called by the Tubbataha Management Board Co-Chair Gov. Abraham Khalil Mitra early today.


    This is an unfortunate incident. No one wanted this to happen. But, damage has been done.

    Under Republic Act 10067, it is the TPAMBs mandate to protect, preserve and promote the resources of Tubbataha Reef. We are duty-bound to enforce the law.

    In order to fulfill our mandate and uphold the rule of law, it is the TPAMBs intention to serve the US Navy with a formal notice listing violations of the above law in the grounding incident of January 17 involving the USS Guardian.

    We will ask them to take responsibility, and immediately pay the fines that can be estimated at this time.

    The violations that are evident at this time, include the following:




    The park has suffered physical damage, the extent of which cannot be accurately estimated at this time. These violations are covered by:

    Section 20 DAMAGES TO THE REEF


    These actions are being done without prejudice to the results of subsequent assessments that have yet to be done to determine the extent of damage to the Park and its resources as a direct result of the January 17 grounding, as well as incidental damage arising out of the ongoing retrieval operations.

    Subsequent to ship retrieval and the assessment of Park damage, the TPAMB intends to serve a second formal notice of violation to the US NAVY that will quantify the estimate of destruction and the fines that must be paid.

  • May_Baxasfa

    Let’s all hope that this flagrant American irresponsibility and the helplessness of the Philippine government in the face of it do not lead to such disgust among elements in Philippine society that they would resort to a rash of kidnapping Americans for ransom just to get compensation in whatever way for the destruction these people have wrecked on Philippine nature and future. We would not be able to blame Filipinos who would seethe in hatred against Americans, especially considering that this destruction seems to have happened only because the Americans on board this ship just wanted to have some R&R in Tubbataha. What reckless imprudence resulting in damage to property, to lives, to livelihoods, to world heritage!

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