>>> okay, fair warning. i am obsessed with this story. this is the uss guardian stuck off the coast of the philippines. a giant ship being stuck on something is never a good thing. but this one happened to get stuck specifically on a unesco world heritage site, embedding its rudders in the middle of a national park in the philippines. early on once we got stuck on it, the plan was to tow the reef off at high tide. that did not work. in fact, the mine sweeper only got more stuck. ultimately the navy had to give up the ship. navy agreed for the first time in 40 years to scrap the ship. this $277 million mine sweeper. they hired giant crane ships to lift the pieces off the reef and dump them onto a barge. the first crane ship to arrive was this one, and could do it. plan b was to wait for a ship that uses gps to stay in place. but once the succeed ship arrived, the weather got rough so they still couldn't get started. the salvage operation finally began at the end of february, more than a month after the uss guardian got stuck on the reef. they started with stuff like the mast. then early in march, the whole bridge, look, that whole deck of the ship, was lifted off the ship by crane. and then the truly amazing part. preparing this 224-foot-long ship to be cut into four pieces, through the hull. to make the cuts, the supervisor of sal individual said this week, we have had to painstakingly clear about a two- foot path in the ship, removing everything in our way. they had divers using chain saws and underwater cutting tools to just cut a two-foot-wide straight line through the ship, leading ultimately to this. yes, that is a cross-section of a u.s. navy mine sweeper, the first piece of the ship being craned into the area yesterday, weighing 250 tons. they hoisted it up using one of the crane ships. they dumped it on the barge, and then went back for more. that piece was followed today by another section. an approximately 200-ton piece of the ship containing the auxiliary motor room. so that leaves two pieces of the ship still left on the reef but ready to go. it's expected to be completed by the end of next week, and the remaining 990 tons of steel should be lifted out of there the week after that. meanwhile, on land, as you might imagine, this has sparked anti-american anger in the philippines. shortly after it happened, protesters threw paint at those guarding it in manila. look, they've got guys in scuba suits out there with tape measures recording the exact amount of reef we have damaged. we are going to have to pay a by the inch fine. there is still no word on why it got stuck in the first piece, but once it is taken out of the way, authorities will concentrate on finding the answer.