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post #19 of Old 01-20-2013
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Re: US Navy ship strikes reef because of incorrect charts

Originally Posted by mad_machine View Post

According to the news... the chart "misplaced" the reef by 8 miles
An error in the cartography that great seems very difficult to imagine... The report I saw said the the GUARDIAN's navigator misplaced the reef by that amount, someone might be leaving a bit of wiggle room there...

Considering the US took possession of the Phillipines in 1898 after our defeat of the Spanish navy at the Battle of Manila Bay, and Admiral Nimitz's fleet managed to sink an impressive number of Japanese ships in the Sulu Sea during the Second World War, it's a bit perplexing that it has supposedly taken the US Navy until now, to figure out where Tubbataha Reef is, plus or minus 8 NM...
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