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US Navy jettisons bombs over Great Barrier Reef MPA

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jul 22, 2013 09:00 AM
As if coral reefs weren't under enough threat, two US Navy Harrier jets dropped four bombs (two inert + two unarmed high explosive ordnance) within the World Heritage-listed marine park during a failed United States/Australia joint training exercise.
US Navy jettisons bombs over Great Barrier Reef MPA

Two USN AV-8B fighter planes jettisoned four bombs over the GBR this month. The bombs did not explode.

The fighter planes were forced to jettison their payloads after several failed attempts to drop the bombs over their intended targets on a practice range on Townshend Island.  The planes were running low on fuel and were unable to land while carrying extra weight, forcing the pilots to ditch the bombs over water.  The bombs did not detonate.

The US Navy and Australian Defence Force say the bombs were dropped in 164 feet (50 meters) of water away from coral for "minimal damage."  The US Navy may recover the bombs from the seafloor.  Damage (if any) to the site is unclear at this time.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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