'Pivot to Asia' Sinking on a Coral Reef

What the wreck of the minesweeper Guardian says about U.S. naval strength.

Battered by stormy weather and misguided by a faulty sea charts, the ship runs aground on a remote Pacific Ocean reef. The sharp coral tears into its wooden hull, forcing the 79-man crew to abandon ship. With the vessel too damaged for towing off, help is summoned from a distant port.

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