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PacNet #18 – Grounding of USS Guardian in Philippines: Longer-term Implications

The minesweeper USS Guardian ran aground on Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea on Jan. 17, 2013. This reef is a marine sanctuary protected as a Philippine National Marine Park, and declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Over 1,000 marine species inhabit the reef, many of which are considered to be endangered.