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Nov 19

The Measure of the <em>Sierra Madre</em>

Thursday, November 19, 2015 12:01 AM

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On 9 May 1997, the Philippine Navy’s dilapidated tank landing ship BRP Sierra Madre (LT-57) ran aground on a reef near the Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratly Islands. She was stranded, and it was certain the ship could not be removed under her own power. Six days later, two Chinese frigates reportedly steamed into the area and trained their guns on the stranded hulk. It was alleged that no assistance was offered by the Chinese ships. But supposing they had, their help would not have been desired or welcomed by the crew of the old tank landing ship. The Sierra… Read the rest of this entry »