Navy ship spots mines, but it didn't spot the reef it's now stuck on1/17/2013
The USS Guardian is made to be "capable of finding, classifying and destroying moored and bottom mines," but apparently the U.S. Navy minesweeper is incapable of spotting a reef it's headed straight for — or getting off that reef once lodged on it. The Navy's 224-foot-long vessel has run aground on a reef in the Sulu Sea in the Philippines with 81 crewmembers aboard and "is currently stuck," the Navy announced Wednesday. "The crew is currently working to determine the best method of safely extracting the ship." Pretty clear now why they don't call it a "reefsweeper." [Source]
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Help the crew out: How should they get the ship off the reef?