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The USS Guardian sits aground Tuesday on the Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea in the Philippines. Operations to safely recover the ship while minimizing environmental effects are being conducted in close cooperation with allied Philippines Coast Guard and Navy.

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US Navy ship taking on water on Philippine reef

A U.S. Navy minesweeper that ran aground on a Philippine reef is damaged and taking on water and will have to be lifted off the rocks in an operation that could last another week or two, a Navy official said Thursday.

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