I wrote a few days ago about the USS Guardian running aground near the Philippines. The latest word is that the ship is taking on water, the crew has been evacuated, and that the ship will have to be “lifted off the rocks” in order to be freed. It will reportedly take another week or two to free the ship.
That’s not good.
The grounding occurred in an offshore area of the Philippines that has been declared a marine park and a World-Heritage site. Another report indicates that the ship ignored radio warnings from Philippine park rangers that they were nearing the park, refused to let Philippine Park rangers permission to board in order to check paperwork, and told the park rangers to take their complaints “to the US Embassy.” (This second report is from what appears to be a blatantly anti-American source, so it’s perhaps best taken with the proverbial grain of salt.)
It’s beginning to look like s fair number of people on that ship might want to start working on resumes.