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Great Barrier Reef 'Bombed' by U.S. Navy

July 22, 2013

Two U.S. fighter jets dropped four unarmed bombs in Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park when a training exercise went wrong.

The two AV-8B Harrier jets launched from aircraft carrier USS Bonhomme Richard each jettisoned an inert bomb and an unarmed explosive bomb in the World Heritage-listed marine park off the coast of Queensland state.

The pilots conducted the emergency jettison because they were low on fuel.

Source: Copyright Daily Post (Liverpool, England)

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