US Navy Ship Runs Aground Written Off as Total Loss
USS Guardian runs aground. Navy writes ships off as complete loss
“…Navy has never disclosed why USS Guardian was transiting into these restricted waters in the first place.”
SULU SEA (March 12, 2013) The U.S. Navy contracted vessels Jascon 25 and the tugboat Archon Tide are positioned next to the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship ex-Guardian (MCM 5) during salvage operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Anderson Bomjardim)
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) admitted that the coastal scale Digital Nautical Chart (DNC) supplied to USS Guardian was flawed due to human error on the part of the NGA. This was an error that mislocated the Tubbataha Reef by 7.8 nautical miles (14.4 km; 9.0 mi) east-southeast of its actual location. NGA was aware of this error in 2011 and updated a smaller scale electronic chart. NGA failed to publish a correction for the larger scale chart that the USS Guardian was using when she ran aground.
However, the Navy has never disclosed why USS Guardian was transiting into these restricted waters in the first place.
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