The USA Bombs Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The USA Bombs Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Above Photo: Barrier Reef from the air (

Two US Marine Corps jets have dropped four 226kg bombs on the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef in Australia during a training mission.

AV-8 Harrier Jet (© unknown)

The dropped bombs had not detonated and a US official has reportedly said the chance of any of them exploding is “extremely remote”.

The incident came ahead of a joint training operation between Australian and US forces in Queensland.

A Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority spokeswoman told News Corp Australia she had not heard about the incident, but would look into it.

Bombs Away

Bombs Away (© unknown)

US Navy Commander William Marks, of the 7th Fleet Public Affairs, said the jets had planned to drop the bombs on a range on Townshend Island, but that was foiled when the range was not clear. After several attempts, the jets were running low on fuel and could not land with the bombs they were carrying.

He said each bomb was jettisoned in a “safe, unarmed state and did not explode”.

“The US Navy and Marine Corps are working closely with Australian authorities to investigate the incident.”

WHitsundays - Great Barrier Reef

Whitsundays – Great Barrier Reef (© unknown)

The US Navy is considering how to recover the bombs, which were dropped in a “deep channel” about 16 nautical miles off the Capricorn Coast between Mackay and Rockhampton.

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef. It is home to more than 3000 individual reef systems and hundreds of tropical islands.

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  1. Coop

    The real deal is, they were training bombs, that are inert. Just love how this guy reads a story and injects his own take on it. This was is the news 2 days ago, go read the real article instead of the twisted news.

    • Peter Alan Lloyd

      My news was ahead of 99% of the world’s media because of time zone differences and my early receipt of news alerts, but I’m glad you love my take on news stories.

      Incidentally, it might help if you read things before commenting on them, as you will clearly see in my report the words: “each bomb was jettisoned in a safe, unarmed state and did not explode”


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