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Courtesy of Ron Reeves

Guardian (MCM-5)



Call sign:
November - Bravo - Tango - Xray

Avenger Class Mine Countermeasures Ship:

  • Laid down 8 May 1985 at Peterson Builders Inc., Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
  • Launched 20 June 1987
  • Commissioned 16 December 1989
  • Ran aground 17 January 2013 on Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea 80 miles east-southeast of Palawan Island in the western portion of the Philippine archipelago
  • On 29 January 2013, the U.S. Navy announced plans to dismember the ship into three sections and decommission it
  • The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency awarded a $24.9 million contract to SMIT Salvage of Singapore, on 1 February 2013 to provide support for emergency response and recovery operations for the
    Guardian grounding
  • Decommissioned 15 February 2013 and struck from the Naval Register
  • Disposed of by dismantling in place.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 1,253 t. (lt), 1,367 t. (fl)
  • Length 224'
  • Beam 39'
  • Draft 15'
  • Speed 13.5 kts.
  • Complement 82
  • Armament: Two M2HB .50 cal. machine guns, two M60 7.62 mm machine guns, two MK19 Grenade Launchers
  • Propulsion: Four Isotta Fraschini diesel engines (600 BHP each), two controllable reversible pitch propellers, two rudders, two electric light load propulsion motors
  • Auxiliary Systems: Three Isotta Fraschini ship service diesel generator sets, one Solar gas turbine generator, one omnithruster bow thruster system
  • Electronic systems: One AN/SSN-2 Precise Integrated Navigation System (PINS), one AN/SQQ-32 Mine Hunting Sonar, one AN/SPS-55 Surface Radar. one AN/WSN-2 Gyro Compass
  • Mine Countermeasure Equipment Suite: One AN/SLQ-48 (V) Mine Neutralization System, one AN/SQL-37 (V) 3 Magnetic/Acoustic Influence Minesweeping Gear, Oropesa type 0 size 1 Mechanical Sweep Equipment, MDG
    1701 Marconi Magnetometer Degaussing System.
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    USS Guardian (MCM 5)
    Guardian 47k U.S. Navy photo -
    Guardian 40k
    MCM-5/7 37k Guardian steaming to starboard of USS Patriot (MCM 7).
    U.S. Navy Photo by Charles Whorton from the October 2001 edition of U.S. Naval Proceedings
    Joe Radigan
    Guardian 246k 28 January 2002
    A crewmember prepares to give the order for a Side Scanning Sonar "fish" to be lowered into the ocean off the coast of Japan. The “Fish” is a portable device, which provides ships the ability to conduct precision underwater mapping operations of ports and ocean floors, critical to planning mine countermeasure operations.
    U.S. Navy photos 020128-N-0401E-002 and 020128-N-0401E-004 by JOSN Wes Eplen
    Robert M. Cieri
    Guardian 318k
    Guardian 285k 22 July 2002
    Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan
    Loved ones wait to greet their sailors aboard Guardian as the ship return to India Basin, Sasebo, Japan, after three months underway. She has recently travelled throughout the Pacific region participating in Exercise Cobra Gold 2002 conducting Mine Warfare Refresher Training.
    U.S. Navy photo 020722-N-0401E-001 by JO3 Wes Eplen
    Robert M. Cieri
    Guardian 280k 9 November 2002
    Leaving port
    U.S. Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Guardian 345k 23 April 2003
    U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan
    Lt. Cmdr. Stanley Keeve, Commanding Officer of Guardian conducts a "Captain's Call" following a dress white uniform inspection.
    U.S. Navy photo 030423-N-8937A-003 by Photographer’s Mate Airman Ian W. Anderson
    Bill Gonyo
    Guardian 311k 13 November 2003
    Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan
    At sea for a day, the Guardian steams out of Sasebo Bay in search of open seas in which to conduct shipboard training exercises.
    U.S. Navy photo 031113-N-2420K-001 by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Jonathan R. Kulp
    Robert M. Cieri
    Guardian 488k 18 February 2004
    Inland Sea, Japan
    Deck personnel aboard Guardian recover gear after completing a mine sweep during the Mine Countermeasures Exercise/Explosive Ordnance Demolition Exercise 2004 off the coast of
    Shimonoseki, Japan.
    U.S. Navy photo 040218-N-0000W-001
    Patriot 341k 10 March 2004
    Sasebo, Japan
    USS Patriot (MCM 7) and Guardian sit moored in a shipbuilding dry dock for a one-month maintenance and repair schedule in Sasebo.
    U.S. Navy photo 040310-N-7217H-002 by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Marvin Harris
    Guardian 394k 8 July 2005
    Sasebo, Japan
    Guardian pulls into the India Basin in Sasebo, Japan. The ship returned to Sasebo after completing a successful three-month deployment that included three joint exercises and port visits in
    six countries.
    U.S. Navy photo 050708-N-4124C-007
    Guardian 238k 19 September 2006
    Vladivostok, Russia
    Guardian is moored alongside USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) in Russia’s largest naval base in the Far East. During their stay in Vladivostok, the ship’s approximately 90 crew members had a chance to participate in sporting matches, cultural exchanges and community relations events with the local population.
    U.S. Navy photo 060919-N-7899C-001
    Guardian 498k 16 February 2007
    Sea of Japan
    Guardian and USS Patriot (MCM 7) split two Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) ships, JDS Tsushima (MSO 302) and JDS Hachijo (MSO 303), during a photo exercise at the conclusion of a passing exercise between the two navies. Guardian and Patriot met with the JMSDF ships for bi-lateral training as they headed back to their forward-deployed home of Sasebo.
    U.S. Navy photo 020716-N-0000X-001 courtesy of Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Public Affairs.
    Guardian 311k 24 June 2007
    Yonaguni, Japan
    Guardian pulls into Port Sonai for a two-day port visit while supporting the U.S. 7th Fleet’s interoperability and training commitments. Yonaguni, part of Okinawa Prefecture, is a small island located at the end of the Ryukyu Islands chain.
    U.S. Navy photo 070624-N-3019M-001 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan C. McGinley
    Patriot 261k 24 June 2007
    Yonaguni, Japan
    Guardian and USS Patriot (MCM 7) are moored abreast at Port Sonai for a two-day port visit. The port call marked the first time a Navy vessel visited the island since the United States returned Okinawa to Japan in 1972.
    U.S. Navy photo 070624-N-3019M-006 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan C. McGinley
    Guardian 86k Lieutenant Commander Steve DeMoss (L), commanding officer of Guardian, and Lieutenant Commander Thomas Shultz, commanding officer of USS Patriot (MCM 7), walk in the northeastern Vietnam port of Haiphong, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Hanoi November 14, 2007. The two vessels are the first U.S. Navy ships to visit northern Vietnam since the former foes ended the war in 1975 and established diplomatic relations in 1995.
    Reuters Newsservice photo
    Bill Gonyo
    Patriot 305k 21 November 2009
    Chinhae, South Korea
    Guardian and USS Patriot MCM 7) are moored at Chinhae for Exercise Clear Horizon. Clear Horizon, an annual exercise conducted with the Republic of Korea Navy, is one of the largest, international, mine counter-measures exercises in the world
    U.S. Navy photo 091121-N-8335D-035 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Richard Doolin
    Lee Wahler
    Guardian 312k 26 January 2010
    Saseo, Japan
    Guardian moors in dry-dock at SSK Shipyard, Sasebo, during a scheduled dry-dock selective restricted availability. Guardian is assigned to Amphibious Force, U.S. 7th Fleet, forward-deployed
    to Sasebo
    U.S. Navy photo 100126-N-0807W-004 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua J. Wahl
    Robert Hurst
    Guardian 156k 8 January 2013
    Guardian arrives at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa for a port visit and supply replenishment during its 2013 patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility
    U.S. Navy photo 130108-N-VD190-012 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Steve Whitel
    Mike Green
    Guardian 153k 17 January 2013
    Aground on Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea 80 miles east-southeast of Palawan Island in the western portion of the Philippine archipelago
    ABC News website photos
    Ron Reeves
    Guardian 142k
    Guardian 122k
    Guardian 367k Heavy waves crash against the grounded mine countermeasure ship Guardian, which ran aground on the Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea on 17 January 2013
    U.S. Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Guardian 175k 19 January 2013
    Turned 90 degrees on Tubbataha Reef
    Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command (AFP-WESCOM) photos
    Joe Radigan
    Guardian 200k
    Guardian 419k 22 January 2013
    The mine countermeasures ship Guardian sits aground on the Tubbataha Reef. Operations to safely recover the ship while minimizing environmental effects are being conducted in close cooperation with allied Philippines Coast Guard and Navy
    U.S. Navy photo 130122-N-ZZ999-061 by Naval Aircrewman (Tactical Helicopter) 3rd Class Geoffrey Trudell
    Ron Reeves
    Guardian 387k 22 January 2013
    U.S. Navy salvage assessment team members board the mine countermeasures ship Guardian
    U.S. Navy photo 130123-N-ZZ999-027 by Naval Aircrewman (Tactical Helicopter) 3rd Class Geoffrey Trudell
    Guardian 353k 25 January 2013
    Malaysian tug Vos Apollo prepares for defueling operations near the grounded Guardian while a U.S. Navy small boat approaches with a salvage team. The U.S. Navy contracted Vos Apollo to assist with removing fuel from the mine countermeasures ship, which ran aground on the Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea on January 17. No fuel has leaked since the grounding and all of the approximately 15,000 gallons onboard Guardian was safely transferred to Vos Apollo during two days of controlled defueling operations on January 24 and January 25. The U.S. Navy continues to work in close cooperation with the Philippine Coast Guard and Navy to safely remove Guardian from the reef while minimizing environmental effects
    U.S. Navy photo 130124-N-ZZ999-001 by Naval Aircrewman 3rd Class Geoffrey Trudell
    ex-Guardian
    Guardian 4.8m Photo slide show on the salvage and dismantling of Guardian Ken Sayers
    Guardian 199k 25 February 2013
    Sailors from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1 and U.S. Navy contracted salvage crew members from the M/V Jascon 25 safely remove the exhaust funnel structure from the Guardian. The funnel's removal was a milestone in the dismantling process of the Guardian. The U.S. Navy and contracted salvage teams are safely dismantling and removing the ship from Tubbataha Reef. The U.S. Navy continues to work in close cooperation with the Philippine authorities to safely dismantle Guardian from the reef while minimizing environmental effects
    U.S. Navy photos 130226-N-VF350-235 and 130226-N-VF350-247 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Anderson Bomjardim
    Lee Wahler
    Guardian 161k
    Guardian 385k 2 March 2013
    The second deck level of the mine countermeasures ship Guardian is guided onto the U.S. Navy contracted vessel M/V Jascon 25
    U.S. Navy photo 130302-N-VF350-078 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Anderson Bomjardim
    Guardian 176k 2 March 2013
    Guardian is seen with the upper half of its superstructure, funnel and mast removed while undergoing the process of being salvaged and dismantled
    U.S. Navy photo 130302-N-KL617-056 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelby Sanders
    Guardian 51k 6 March 2013
    Decommissioning program
    Ron Reeves
    Guardian 320k 8 March 2013
    What remains of ex-Guardian
    U.S. Navy photo 130308-N-VF350-142 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Anderson Bomjardim
    Guardian 441k 12 March 2013
    The U.S. Navy contracted vessels Jascon 25 and the tugboat Archon Tide are positioned next to the ex-Guardian during salvage operations
    U.S. Navy photo 130312-N-VF350-059 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Anderson Bomjardim
    Original photo: Ron Reeves
    Replacement photo: Lee Wahler
    Guardian 84k 26 March 2013
    The crane vessel M/V Jascon 25 removes the bow of the ex-Guardian
    Philippine Coast Guard photo via the Associated Press
    Lee Whaler
    Guardian 220k 26 March 2013
    The crane vessel M/V Jascon 25 removes the bow of the ex-Guardian
    U.S. Navy photo 130326-N-KL617-075 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelby Sanders
    Joe Radigan
    Guardian 228k 30 March 2013
    The U.S. Navy contracted crane vessel M/V Jascon 25 removes the final hull section of the ex-Guardian
    U.S. Navy photo 130330-N-KL617-113 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelby Sanders
    Ron Reeves
    Guardian 188k 30 March 2013
    The U.S. Navy contracted crane vessel M/V Jascon 25 removes the stern section from the mine countermeasure ship ex-Guardian, and places it onto the barge Seabridge. The removal of the stern section completed the removal of the Guardian from the reef
    U.S. Navy photo 130330-N-KL617-137 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelby Sanders

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR George Joseph Smith, Jr., USN16 December 1989 - 15 October 1991
    02CDR Daine Edward Eisold, USN15 October 1991 - 2 March 1992
    03LCDR William Steven McGee, USN2 March 1992 - 3 September 1993
    04LCDR Jeffery Scott Jones, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral3 September 1993 - 25 September 1994
    05LCDR Thomas John Strie, Jr., USN25 September 1994 - 4 March 1995
    06LCDR Terry Tyrone Miller, USN4 March 1995 - 16 August 1995
    07LCDR Anthony Michael Kurta, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral16 August 1995 - 2 February 1996
    08LCDR Glenn Michael Irvine, USN2 February 1996 - 20 August 1996
    09LCDR Alan Charles Westphal, USN20 August 1996 - 14 March 1997
    10LCDR Robert Paul Girrier, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral14 March 1997 - 18 September 1998
    11LCDR Alfonso Lee Woods, USN18 September 1998 - 26 May 2000
    12CDR Bernard Mark Gately, Jr., USN26 May 2000 - 28 May 2002
    13LCDR Stanley Ollie Keeve, Jr.,USN28 May 2002 - 26 May 2004
    14LCDR Delbert G. Yordy., USN26 May 2005 - 6 June 2006
    15LCDR Steven Harlow DeMoss, USN6 June 2006 - 8 May 2008
    16LCDR Theodore E. Essenfield, USN8 May 2008 - 2 July 1009
    17LCDR Bryce A. Benson, USN2 July 2009 - 15 October 2010
    17LCDR Kenneth R. Brown, USN15 October 2010 - 21 October 2011
    18LCDR Timothy R. Carter, USN21 October 2010 - 29 October 2012
    19LCDR Mark A. Rice, USN29 October 2012 - 15 February 2013
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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    Association of Minemen
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