We have been following the case of the USS Guardian at WRS Tech and are glad to see salvage work on the grounded minesweeper USS Guardian was finally completed on Saturday with the removal of the last part of the hull
Initially, the salvage crew planned to remove the vessel's main motor room on Saturday, but it cut and lifted the part on Friday. The TMO said that if sea conditions remain calm, the entire ship may be lifted off the reef as early as Monday, April 1.
The USS Guardian ran aground on Tubbataha Reef last Jan. 17, with the TMO estimating some 4,000 square meters of the reef may have been damaged.
It will be interesting to see the impact of such a high profile case has on regulation internationally and probably on US Naval training procedures.