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U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate 2nd Class Jonathan R. Kulp

A U.S. Navy ship has run aground in the Philippines and is stuck on a reef.

A statement from the Navy says the USS Guardian, a mine countermeasures ship, hit the reef at 2:25 a.m. local time Thursday in the Sulu Sea.

The ship had just completed a port call in Subic Bay, Olongapo City when the incident happened. The grounding happened on the Tubbataha Reef. The reef is about 80 miles from Palawan Island in the Philippines.

No injuries were reported among the crew of about 80.

The cause of the grounding is under investigation and the crew is working to find the best method of extracting the ship safely.