1. Salvage Team Removes Fuel From Grounded USS Guardian

    To prevent potential environmental damage, a U.S. Navy-led salvage team on Jan. 25 completed removing all diesel fuel from the tanks of the mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian (MCM 5), which ran aground on the Tubbataha Reef one week earlier.

    Malaysian tug Vos Apollo, foreground, prepares for defueling operations Jan. 24 near the grounded USS Guardian (MCM 5) while a U.S. Navy small boat approaches with a salvage team. (U.S. Navy photo by Aircrewman 3rd Class Geoffrey Trudell)
  2. USS Curts to Decommission after 29 Years of Service

    The guided-missile frigate is set to be decommissioned during a Jan. 25 ceremony in San Diego.

    In this file photo, USS Curts (FFG 38) returns to San Diego in December 2012 at the close of its final deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Rosalie Garcia)
  3. Bonhomme Richard Departs for 7th Fleet Operations, Cobra Gold

    USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departed Sasebo, Japan, Jan. 24, for training and operations in 7th Fleet.

    Sailors heave a line on the fantail as amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departs Sasebo, Japan, Jan. 24. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Betsy Knapper)
  4. Command of Task Force 70 Changes Hands

    Command of Task Force 70, responsible for the operations of aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers and frigates in U.S. 7th Fleet, changed hands Jan. 23 aboard USS George Washington in Yokosuka, Japan.

    Rear Adm. J. R. Haley arrives at a change of command ceremony aboard aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), Jan. 23, where he was relieved by Rear Adm. Mark C. Montgomery as the 71st commander of CTF 70. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stephanie Smith)
  5. Navy Commander Expresses Regret Concerning USS Guardian Grounding

    The U.S. 7th Fleet commander on Saturday expressed regret over the grounding of USS Guardian on Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea.

  6. USS Guardian Grounding Investigation To Include Faulty Chart Data

    Inaccurate data in digital nautical charts may have been a factor in the grounding.

  7. USS Buffalo Welcomed to New Homeport with Aloha

    The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Jan. 18 after completing a homeport shift from Guam.

    USS Buffalo (SSN 715) arrives at her new homeport, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Jan. 18. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Steven Khor)
  8. U.S. Navy Continues Operations to Free Grounded USS Guardian

    While the U.S. Navy continues operations to free the grounded USS Guardian (MCM 5) from Tubbataha Reef, all 79 crew members were temporarily removed today and safely transferred by small boat to the nearby support vessels USNS Bowditch (T-AGS 62) and MSV C-Champion.

  9. Crew Transferred from Grounded USS Guardian as Safety Precaution

    In order to ensure the safety of the crew, most of the Sailors aboard the mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian (MCM 5) are being transferred to a support vessel. The Sasebo-based Guardian ran aground on Tubbataha Reef while transiting the Sulu Sea on Jan. 17.

  10. USS Guardian Runs Aground in the Sulu Sea

    No one was hurt when the mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian (MCM 5) ran aground on Tubbataha Reef at 2:25 a.m. local time, Jan. 17, while transiting the Sulu Sea.

    In this file photo, USS Guardian (MCM 5) arrives for a port visit at White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 8. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Steve White)