The 224-foot US Navy minesweeper had no business being around the protected area on its way to Indonesia and was properly warned on its entry. The US Navy will surely be fined, as this event has caused an outrage through the country because the Tubbataha reef is considered as one of the top 8 diving sites around the world.
The US Navy issued the following statement:
"The U.S. Navy recognizes that Tubbataha Reef is a unique and treasured environment," Guardian Spokesman Lt. Cmdr. James Stockman said. "We are taking all precautions to ensure that the recovery plan will have minimal environmental damage."
Hopefully, no more damage will be incurred in getting the ship out.