UPDATE: USS GUARDIAN SALVAGE EFFORT
|USS GUARDIAN, U.S. NAVY MINE COUNTERMEASURES SHIP AGROUND ON A CORAL REEF IN THE PHILIPPINES. THE GUARDIAN HAS BEN DECLARED A CONSTRUCTIVE TOTAL LOSS AND WILL BE CUT UP ON THE REEF AND HAULED AWAY IN PARTS. WE DOUBT HOWEVER THAT THE DECEMBER 2013 COMPLETION DATE IS ACTUALLY ANTICIPATED BUT MORE LIKELY THE NOT LATER THAN DATE IN THE CONTRACT FOR SALVAGE. WE DOUBT THE SHIP WOULD REMAIN INTACT FOR THAT LONG.|
From The Manila Bulletin:
December Completion On USS Guardian Salvage Seen
By Elena L. Aben
February 6, 2013, 7:49pm
MANILA, Philippines --- The salvage operation on the stricken minesweeper, USS Guardian, is expected to be completed by December, 2013, according to the United States (US) Department of Defense (DoD).
The DoD also disclosed that recovery efforts for the Guardian, which is now on its third week of being stuck in the Tubbataha reef, costs the US government almost $25 million or more than P1 billion.
An official notice published on the DoD Web site has stated that, "SMIT Salvage, Singapore was awarded on Feb. 1, 2013, a $24,889,904 delivery order against previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-award-fee contract (N00024-12-D-4120) to provide support for emergency response and recovery operations for the USS Guardian (MCM 5) grounding on Tubbataha Reef, Sulu Sea, Philippines."The Smit Salvage is the private company contracted by the US Navy for the recovery operation on USS Guardian.
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