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US Jets Ditch Unarmed Bombs on Great Barrier Reef

Two U.S. fighter jets dropped four unarmed bombs into Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park last week when a training exercise went wrong, the U.S. Navy said, angering environmentalists.

The two AV-8B Harrier jets launched from the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard each jettisoned an inert practice bomb and an unarmed laser-guided explosive bomb into the World Heritage-listed marine park off the coast of Queensland state on Tuesday, the U.S. 7th Fleet said in a statement Saturday.

The Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest network of coral structures, is rich in marine life and stretches more than 1,800 miles along Australia's northeast coast.

Source: USA Today. Read full article. (link)

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  • JeremyR||

    Didn't this happen only because the protesters were on the target the bombs would have been dropped on?

  • Sevo||

    Really? Got a link?

  • Sevo||

    "stretches more than 1,800 miles along Australia's northeast coast."

    And 5m were harmed.
    Now the US is 'way over militarized; no question there, but the greenies are 'way over 'stupidized'.

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