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US navy dismantles minesweeper stranded on Tubbataha Reef

The US navy gets on the task of dismantling the minesweeper USS Guardian, which ran aground on the coral reef in the Philippines.

Navy spokesman James Stockman said that dismantling the ship would be the best solution for preventing any further damage to the Tubbataha Reef, the protected marine sanctuary where the minesweeper got stranded on January 17.

The initial plan was to lift the ship from the reef using a crane but the damage was too extensive, meaning that cutting up the minesweeper and removing it in pieces would be the only viable option remaining.

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