Posts Tagged ‘Warship’

Here’s are some photo updates from what’s now left of the USS Guardian at Tubbataha Reefs. The Salvage crews have been making good progress with the chainsaw’s.

USS Guardian salvage operations

USS Guardian salvage operations

To date they have removed all of the ship superstructure the bridge deck and most of the main deck level !

USS Guardian salvage operations

The USS Guardian Bridge Deck, where the on watch crew set the fateful course for the vessel that led her to founder on the Tubbataha Reef is now seen on the deck of the Crane Vessel, the Jascon 25.

USS Guardian salvage operations

It’s from one of those consoles that the on watch crew declined to heed the radio warnings from the Park Rangers, that the ship had entered the restricted reef area, and famously reportedly radioed back to “bring [their] complaint to the U.S. Embassy.”  A sad tale and a sad outcome for the USS Guardian.

Whilst the ship was being cut up, the US Navy held a USS Guardian Valedictory at the ship base in Japan. The following are extracts from the ceremony.


Vice Adm. Tom Copeman , Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet fittingly remembers USS Guardian, now being scrapped.

“During times of war and while operating in international exercises for nearly a quarter of a century, the crew and ship remained at the highest levels of readiness, serving our nation well,” noted Admiral Copeman. He continued:

“A significant moment during a ship commissioning ceremony occurs when there is a call to ‘bring this ship to life,’ and the crew sprints from their positions pierside, across the brow and into the ship itself, effectively adding life to what was once cold iron.

Equally momentous for a ship is when she is decommissioned, stricken from the fleet and returned to cold iron; the crew and former crewmembers left with their memories and reminders of serving our nation and multiple missions on an endless sea.


Well in this case it is wet wood not cold iron as she is a minesweeper, but we get the point.

The Salvage crew have made good progress and they will be keen to complete the job as quickly as posible before bad weather like this sweeps in again.

USS Guardian grounded by reef

With the superstructure and bridge deck gone the ship structure will be weak and any large swell and waves like above could break up the vessel hull and scatter the contents around the reef. I’m sure they will be “buzzing” to get things completed, and get the job done.

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First pictures of the USS Guardian breakup and removal from Tubbataha Reef, shows her top (Funnel) coming off.


There are claims the authorities plan the removal to be complete by 23rd March. As the operation is weather dependant, and given the delays to date,  that seems like an aggressive schedule.


As a Minesweeper, her hull is Wooden, so they are about to get the Chainsaw’s buzzing to her cut up. The USS Guardian, whoose value was estimated at US$ 277 million will be a Total Loss. A sad end to US Naval vessel that had some of the most sophisticated sonar and navigation electronics onboard.

The initial explanation for her grounding was a discrepency between her Electronic Charts (ECDIS) and “reality”. The size of the bust; reportedly 8 nautical miles !

This Chart produced by the Philippine Coast Guard indicates her position on the Reef. The ‘reality’.


This chartlet illustrates her position as believed to be presented onboard the vessels Electronic Navigation systems. The ‘bust’.


This is a view of the area as seen from a Helicopter some time later.


The distance between going on her way and ending up as matchsticks was likley only around 300 metres to the west, where she would have scraped past the edge of the reef. So close but yet so far.

It does make you wonder what level of lookout was being maintained on the bridge of the vessel, both by eye and by radar. Depending on the state of the tide and the weather, the reef and breaking waves may have been visible. It is stated the reef has more than 3 to 5 feet of sea water covering at high tide, but the Black Rock feature and the Navigation Light Marker at the South of the structure should have been visible on Radar.

Also as the vessel had been called by the Park Rangers on the reef, there should have been a higher level of vigilance onboard.

It is easy to just roll along trusting the instruments that have always been right before, but there always has to be a ‘calibration’ with reality no matter where you are, and Radar is an excellent tool to do that.

At the end of the day there is no substitute for keeping a vigilant lookout, and examining any surrounding features both by eye and by radar.

Most accidents would seem to be avoidable if a good lookout is maintained and by taking cautionary actions early, when anything unexpected comes along.

I am sure that somone will soon be flipping burgers instead of flipping through charts as a US Naval personnel.

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TV Reports before



TV Reports after


Alongside before


Alongside after


Navy RIB before


Navy RIB after


Builder & Navy look before


Navy & Builder look after


Shell construction before


Shell destruction after


63m Fast Missile Trimaran before


After ………. Toast !


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Copy of Letter from the Builder (Lundin) & Designer (Lomocean).

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The following You Tube Videos show the KRI Klewang Fire and aftermath.

Eyewitness Video that runs for about 15 mins. includes Fire Response activity and the collapse of side hulls.


News Report on the KRI Klewang fire. Includes Video of the scene of the aftermath of the KRI Klewang Fire. Report in Indonesian.


Miscellaneous News and Eyewitness Videos showing the fire from different angles.






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ScandAsia. Indonesia News, 11 October 2012 | news Wachiraporn Janrut

While investigations are pending and the cause of fire on KRI Klewang remains unclear, news about the Indonesian’s stealth warship caught fire on 28 September has raised questions in the Indonesian press about whether the design of the vessel was flawed.

In reply to these speculations, Swedish PT Lundin Industry Invest and LOMOcean Design, builder and designer of KRI Klewang for Indonesian’s Navy, have made a statement.

According to the statement, the design drawings for KRI Klewang were subject to structural plan approval by Germanischer Lloyd in accordance with the High Speed Craft code, so have been subject to intense third party scrutiny by a respected member of the International Association of Classification Societies. Elements of the ship’s design relating to weaponry have also been designed in accordance with the American Bureau of Shipping High Speed Naval Craft (2007) code.

It also states that number of steps are taken during the design and construction to mitigate fire risks and that high fire risk zones on the vessel are treated with a significant degree of fire insulation, which removes the carbon composite materials from proximity to normally hot componentry – and in the event of an outbreak, fire.

The companies believe that the carbon fibre material itself does not contribute significantly to the fire load and the fire was not caused by a lack of design standards compliance and poor implementation of risk mitigation measures such as fire protection and suppression systems.

In the end of the statement, they reinforce that the KRI Klewang project represents a significant step forward by Indonesia in naval technology which opens the door to a bold, new and innovative future.

Original Article here.

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Jakarta Globe |  October 10, 2012

The makers of a cutting-edge Navy missile boat that was gutted by a blaze last month have stressed that stringent safety measures were built into the design of the vessel and that a combination of external factors were to blame for the fire.
In a letter to the Jakarta Globe, John Lundin, president of Lundin Industry Invest, said the designers of the KRI Klewang recognized that its carbon-fiber hull made it more susceptible to fire than steel-hulled vessels, and took the appropriate measures to mitigate the risk.
“High fire-risk zones on the vessel — which can include engine and auxiliary machinery spaces, galley, weapon locations, etc. — are thus treated with a significant degree of fire insulation, which removes the carbon composite materials from proximity to normally hot componentry — and in the event of an outbreak, fire,” he said.
He added that fire insulation for the KRI Klewang, built at Lundin’s shipyard in Banyuwangi, East Java, complied with International Maritime Organization Safety of Life at Sea conventions and International Classification Society directives.
This includes sheathing electrical switchboards in fireproof insulation and mounting them in fireproof casings, as well as water-cooling engine exhausts.
“There are further protections specifically associated with high fire-risk areas,” Lundin said.
“The machinery spaces can be hermetically sealed once fire is detected; all ventilation shafts have shutters that can be closed and watertight doors also prevent the flow of oxygen required to fuel a fire. Furthermore, all engine rooms were equipped with substantial fire suppression systems able to be activated remotely from the engine room space.”
When the fire, whose cause Lundin said was still being investigated, broke out on Sept. 28, the boat was docked for maintenance and calibration work in preparation for sea trials.
“In this condition, all ventilation hatches for the ship and engine rooms were open and maintenance crew were on board,” Lundin said.
“The presence of personnel in the engine room prevented the full shutdown of the engine room and discharge of automatic systems that would have suppressed the fire; to do so would have resulted in loss of life, because fire suppression gases will not sustain human respiration.”
He said that although the personnel almost managed to put out the fire, “loss of electrical power following the fault meant that these personnel were exposed to difficult conditions of nil lighting and high smoke levels, which forced them from the area for fear of incapacitation.”
He added that the crew managed to evacuate safely, but “was not trained to shut down ventilation shutters and hatches, nor to initiate remotely operated onboard fire suppression systems.”
“In this condition, the fire was able to propagate throughout the interior volume of the vessel,” Lundin said.
He added that the setback should not stop efforts to keep forging ahead with the latest naval technology.
“This ship offered tactical and operational advantages to Indonesia’s Navy that are simply not achievable with traditional shipbuilding materials, benefits that cannot be ignored in the future,” he said.

Original Article here

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