Commanding officer of USS Guardian, three others relieved of duty

Posted on: 4:52 pm, April 4, 2013, by , updated on: 04:55pm, April 4, 2013

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  • The crane vessel M/V Jascon 25 removes the stern from the ex-USS Guardian and places it onto the barge Seabridge. (U.S. Navy)

  • The U.S. Navy contracted vessels Jascon 25 and the tugboat Archon Tide work next to the remains of the USS Guardian. (U.S. Navy)

  • Heavy waves crash against the grounded Guardian. (CNN)

  • Rigid-hull inflatable boats transfer cargo from the Guardian to the guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin. (CNN)

  • The U.S. Malaysian tug Vos Apollo removes petroleum-based products and human wastewater from the mine countermeasure ship USS Guardian. (CNN)

  • No fuel has leaked since the grounding and all of the approximately 15,000 gallons aboard Guardian was safely transferred to Vos Apollo during two days of controlled de-fueling operations. (CNN)

  • Sailors transfer cargo from the Guardian to rigid-hull inflatable boat as part of ongoing salvage efforts. (CNN)

  • A Navy diver moves damage control equipment and other materials aboard the Guardian. (CNN)

  • Rigid-hull inflatable boats transfer cargo from the Guardian to the guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin. (CNN)

  • The Guardian on Thursday January 17, (CNN)

  • The Guardian on January 17, (CNN)


The commanding officer of the former minesweeper USS Guardian and three others have been relieved of duty following the initial investigation of the grounding of the ship on a Philippine reef in January.

The Navy was forced to cut the ship into pieces to remove it from the reef.

Lt. Cmdr. Mark Rice, executive officer Daniel Tyler, the ship’s enlisted assistant navigator and the officer of the deck at the time of the ship’s grounding were all relieved, according to Stars and Stripes.

Rice and the others were relieved by Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley, commander of the Sasebo, Japan-based Amphibious Force 7th Fleet. Harley cited a “loss of confidence” in Rice’s ability to command, a common reason cited when Navy commanders are relieved.

 

Rice is at least the seventh Navy commanding officer to be relieved of duty this year.

 

All of the relieved sailors have been reassigned to Expeditionary Strike Group 7 headquarters in Sasebo pending completion of the investigation, officials said Thursday.

The final pieces of the ship were removed from the reef March 29th. The total cost of the removal was about $25 million according to the Navy.

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