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Apollo and Guardian

The Malaysian tugboat VOS Apollo, front, prepares for defueling operations near the grounded mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian (MCM 5) while a U.S. Navy small boat, right, approaches with a salvage team on the Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea Jan. 24, 2013. The U.S. Navy contracted with the VOS Apollo to assist with removing fuel from the Guardian, which ran aground Jan. 17. No fuel leaked during the grounding, and all of the approximately 15,000 gallons aboard the Guardian were safely transferred to the tugboat. (DoD photo by Naval Aircrewman 3rd Class Geoffrey Trudell, U.S. Navy/Released)

The Malaysian tugboat VOS Apollo, front, prepares for defueling operations near the grounded mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian (MCM 5) while a U.S. Navy small boat, right, approaches with a salvage team on the Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea Jan. 24, 2013. The U.S. Navy contracted with the VOS Apollo to assist with removing fuel from the Guardian, which ran aground Jan. 17. No fuel leaked during the grounding, and all of the approximately 15,000 gallons aboard the Guardian were safely transferred to the tugboat. (DoD photo by Naval Aircrewman 3rd Class Geoffrey Trudell, U.S. Navy/Released)

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  • 11 Bravo says:

    The U.S. Navy contracted with the VOS Apollo to assist with removing fuel from the Guardian, which ran aground Jan. 17. No fuel leaked during the grounding, and all of the approximately 15,000 gallons aboard the Guardian were safely transferred to the tugboat.

    What is the payment for services in this case? Does the Navy let the tugboat keep the 15K gallons of fuel as compensation, or do they pay them a fee and get the fuel back?

  • Captain Ned says:

    It’s usually a fee-for-service deal and they’ll put the fuel back in once the ship is off the rocks and the bottom checks out OK.

    Won’t go the same for the captain of that ship, as his ship-driving career is now over. If he wants to stay until retirement, he’d best get used to some out of the way supply depot.

  • Matthew says:

    I see that salvage/towing attempts have failed, that the ship is now seriously damaged with the fiberglass torn off on one side and flooding in ship spaces. They are now going to cut the ship up and lift the pieces onto a transport/barge for disposal. My question is don’t they have lookouts anymore? Wouldn’t they have spotted the surf/breakers/whitewater ahead of them? Just goes to show you can’t trust the high speed computers to do your job for you because they are only as smart as the people that programmed them.

  • 11 Bravo says:

    MO, I know you like to post photos from DoD websites. I just saw this one today at af.mil and think it might be the most impressive display of air power in modern times. There has to be at least 50 F-16s in this picture.

    The description to the photo is buried in this slide show.

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