Head of Tubbataha Task Force Commodore Enrico Efren Evangelista has expressed confidence on Wednesday that the March 23 deadline for the total removal of the US Navy minesweeper USS Guardian stuck on Tubbataha Reef will be met, if the weather permits, the report said.
Evangelista said that during the past days good weather allowed his team to focus work on the ship's dismantling.
The operations currently on-going is the clearing of equipment below the deck as well as the removal of sonar winch at the bow, Bautista said, referring to the next leg of the operation carried out using other sea vessels.
The Philippine Coast Guard said on Tuesday that it already has removed the mast and funnel of the ship.
It added that the US ship has now been salvaged to prevent further damage on the marine sanctuary.
Ten other vessels including a crane Jascon 25, barge Smit Borneo and US-issued salvage ship USS Salvor are present at the site.
The 79-man crew of the ill-fated minesweeper, will conduct a formal ceremony to honor the services of the 23-year-old USS Guardian. The US Navy warship is a 14th Avenger class minesweeper which is 224-foot or 68-meter long and 11.88 meters or 39 feet wide.
Quotes that will help us ease the pain of being stuck:
This is a misfortune, but “To bear this worthily is good fortune.” – Marcus Aurelius
The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be. – Horace Bushnell
Life has no smooth road for any of us; and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim the very roughness stimulates the climber to steadier steps, till the legend, over steep ways to the stars, fulfills itself. – W. C. Doane
Success in the affairs of life often serves to hide one’s abilities, whereas adversity frequently gives one an opportunity to discover them. – Horace
There are no classes in life for beginners: right away you are always asked to deal with what is most difficult. – Rainer Maria Rilke
If I’d observed all the rules, I’d never have got anywhere. – Marilyn Monroe
The best is yet to come… written by a 90-year old