Map may be factor in U.S. Navy ship's grounding in Philippines
MANILA — An inaccurate map that mislocated a marine sanctuary may have caused a Navy minesweeper to run aground on a coral reef in the Philippines last week, the Navy said on Saturday.
All 79 officers and crew of the USS Guardian were taken off the ship for safety reasons after it struck the reef with its bow at 2 a.m. Thursday.
The Navy's Pacific Fleet, based in Hawaii, said that its ships along with several support vessels continue to conduct salvage operations that minimize environmental effects to the reef.
The Navy said in a statement that a review of Digital Nautical Charts, which are used for safe navigation by all Navy ships, found they contained inaccurate data and may have been a factor in the Guardian's grounding.
As a result, Rear Adm. Jonathan White, navigator of the Navy, released precautionary guidance to all Pacific Fleet ships, saying that “initial review of navigation data indicates an error in the location of Tubbataha Reef” in the Philippines.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Shiia militias in Iraq say they have assurances U.S. will stop strikes
- Co-pilot in Germanwings Alps crash treated for suicidal tendencies
- Antarctica yields life in extremest of conditions, so what about on another planet?
- Iran blames U.S. drone for killing military advisers in Iraq
- Leaders wary of vote-rigging in Nigeria
- ‘Substantial’ roadblocks remain as nuclear talks with Iran go down to wire
- Airstrike hits aid camp for displaced in Yemen, kills dozens
- Airstrikes intensify in Yemen as Egypt, Saudis consider ground forces
- Nigerian President Jonathan urges peaceful vote as elections loom
- Impasse remains in Iran nuke talks
- Iran poses top threat to Mideast stability, Israeli consul general says