USS GUARDIAN GROUNDING UP DATE:
|USS GUARDIAN IN BETTER DAYS, PHOTO FROM THE SHIP's FACEBOOK|
According to the press story below Marine Sanctuary Rangers contacted the USS GUARDIAN by radio to warn her away from the Reef. According to previous coverage the ships charts showed the reef's position to be eight miles away from their charted position. The ship told the Rangers they should take their complaint to the U.S. embassy. We speculate that the ship mistook the Rangers navigational warning as a complaint that the ship was violating some unrecognized buffer zone or adjacent protected area and not as a warning of imminent danger.
Stranded US Navy ship ignored warnings: Philippines