Post by Karl Welteke on Jan 25, 2013 12:53:14 GMT 8
I decided to start a new thread in regards to Military news in the Philippines. As a 30 year veteran, living in the Philippines and after all, this bulletin board deals with US-Phil Military History. So it is a natural thing to do.
Right now we have a US Navy ship aground in the Philippines and it is in the news, I guess that motivated me.
I started a parallel album in my Photobucket account and it is here. The pictures are slightly bigger in there.
If you search any of the important Philippine News Services you will see it is covered and the story is followed by the public with interest.
Here is the 7th Fleet Home page where you can more information. They do not always report promptly.
Here are most of the pictures:
2013-01-13 USS Guardian MCM-5 (Mine Counter Measure) in Subic Bay for fuel. This picture is from Philippine News Services.
Only Yesterday was I sitting in the Subic Bay VFW Canteen with my friends Alan YU and Tom Stone, sharing some beer. Tom told us that his son’s ship was pulling in today, a mine countermeasures ship but only to get fuel. Then Alan today seen and sent the news re that ship pulling in. The last paragraph in that URL, that the Senior Enlisted Man is a Filipino-American, that is Tom Stone’s son.
2013-01-17 USS Guardian MCM-5, a file photo from GMA news with description that she run aground.
From U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs
SASEBO, Japan (NNS) -- No one was hurt when the mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian (MCM 5) ran aground on Tubbataha Reef at 2:25 a.m. local time, Jan. 17, while transiting the Sulu Sea.
The Avenger-class ship had just completed a port call in Subic Bay, Olongapo City and was en route to her next port of call when the grounding occurred. The ship is currently stuck on the reef, approximately 80 miles east-southeast of Palawan Island. The crew is currently working to determine the best method of safely extracting the ship.
The cause of the grounding is under investigation.
Guardian, forward-deployed to Sasebo, Japan, was commissioned Dec. 16, 1989, and has a crew of about 80.
2013-01-17 USS Guardian MCM-5 on Tubbataha Reef on the morning of her grounding. This picture if from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) via the Associated Press.
2013-01-20 USS Guardian MCM-5 on Tubbataha Reef, the situation has worsened, the ship is broached and is getting hit hard by the sea. From Philippine News services.
2013-01-21. Where is Tubbataha Reef, well this map from a www page shows us. It is a park.
2013-01-22 USS Guardian MCM-5 on Tubbataha Reef. This is a US Navy 7th Fleet image, the sea has become calm.
2013-01-22 USS Guardian MCM-5 on Tubbataha Reef. The same day or the next day a support ship arrived and in view of the rough seas then it was decided to take the crew of the ship. This is a US Navy 7th Fleet image.
2013-01-22 USS Guardian MCM-5. This is the 7th Fleet description of the previous image.
2013-01-23 USS Guardian MCM-5 on Tubbataha Reef. This is a US Navy 7th Fleet image, a Salvage Assessment Team arrived and is boarding the ship.
2013-01-23 USS Guardian MCM-5 on Tubbataha Reef. This is a US Navy 7th Fleet image. The Salvage Assessment Team is on board the ship starting their survey.