Oops…Navy Scraps Grounded Minesweeper

USS_Guardian_aground_in_January_2013Adding to the embarrassment of accidentally running aground on a national marine park coral reef in January, the Navy has decided its $300 Million Minesweeper ship is not salvageable and has chosen to scrap the state-of-the-art vessel.

The official statement stated that their initial review of navigation data indicates an error in the location of Tubbataha Reef in the Philippines.

The Navy decided to dismantle the ship due to the severe damage to its hull and the potential to further damage the pristine coral reef.

 


For more information and additional photos of the grounded craft visit the Guardian’s website.