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US Navy says it must dismantle minesweeper stuck on reef in Philippines

MANILA — The US Navy said Wednesday it would dismantle a minesweeper that ran aground on a coral reef in the Philippines.

Navy spokesman Lieutenant Commander James Stockman said dismantling the USS Guardian was determined to be the solution that would involve the least damage to the Tubbataha Reef, a protected marine sanctuary where the ship got stuck Jan. 17.

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