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4 officers from grounded minesweeper relieved of duties

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:00 a.m. HST, Apr 04, 2013

Four officers of a U.S. Navy minesweeper that ran aground on coral reef in the Philippines are being relieved of their duties.

The U.S. Pacific Fleet said in a statement Wednesday that initial findings indicate all four sailors failed to adhere to standard navigation procedures at the time of the Jan. 17 grounding of the Guardian.

The sailors are the commanding officer, the executive officer and navigator, the assistant navigator and the officer of the deck. They've been reassigned.

Workers recently finished dismantling and removing the minesweeper from Tubbataha National Marine Park.

The park's superintendent has said the grounding damaged about 4,000 square meters, or nearly 5,000 square yards, of reef. The U.S. could face a fine of more than $2 million for the damage.

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serious wrote:
From the other demotion reports looks like there are some job openings for Naval officers.
on April 4,2013 | 07:12AM
cojef wrote:
There has been a spate of naval hearings relating to malfeasances by command and executive officers. What gives?? Poor training??
on April 4,2013 | 12:03PM
MightyMakiki wrote:
GPS is fine, but no excuse for proper full watch, radar, lookouts, Aids to Navigation. That same thing could happen in our NWHI (North Western Hawaiian Island) if charts aren't kept up and GPS is screwy. Training, training, training, the Coast Guard says..
on April 4,2013 | 12:48PM
manakuke wrote:
Uh, Weather station Greenland here comes some new members.
on April 4,2013 | 05:47PM
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