Well, it appears the Navy has decided what it will do with the USS Guardian. The plan is for the ship to be cut into sections and lifted off the Tubbataha Reef in pieces.
After almost two weeks grounded, the ship is now so badly damaged that it apparently cannot be towed off the reef. Plus, sectioning the ship and removing each segment individually will cause less environmental damage to the protected reef areas.
Given the fact that the USS Guardian has a wood and fiberglass hull, I’d guess this is likely the end for her.
If this proves accurate, I really would not want to be part of the leadership of that ship’s crew, or to have been on watch at the time of this incident. Even though the charts in use were wrong, the Navy still takes great umbrage when someone causes the unnecessary loss of a ship.
Just ask the ex-commander of the USS San Francisco how that goes. The USS San Francisco, an attack sub, struck an uncharted undersea mountain several years ago; that sub wasn’t a permanent loss, either. But the CO’s career was – along with the careers of six other members of the crew.
Thanks to Mustang for the link.