U.S. Navy on Great Barrier Reef bomb drop: Don’t worry, no harm done


The Washington Times
July 22, 2013

The U.S. Navy said on Monday that divers are investigating whether they can salvage the four unarmed bombs dumped by U.S. fighter jets into Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park — but in the meantime, not to worry. The ordnance is not a big threat to the environment.

Navy fighter jet pilots were forced to drop the bombs during a training exercise gone wrong last week. The two AV-8B Harrier jets had launched from the USS Bonhomme Richard during joint exercise with Australia’s military on July 16.

Both pilots subsequently dropped inert practice bombs that were filled with concrete and unarmed laser-guided explosive bombs over the marine park, listed as a World Heritage Site with the United Nations and located off the northeast coast of Australia.

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