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Huh? U.S. Forced to Drop 4 bombs on Great Barrier Reef

Two U.S. Marine Corps’ (USMC) AV-8B Harrier jets were forced to drop 4 bombs on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia this week, NBC News is reporting, citing two unidentified U.S. officials.

The incident occurred on July 16 while the jets were flying on a training mission that would have them drop the ordnances on a bombing range on Townshend Island, an island off the coast of Queensland in Australia.

For an unidentified reason, the bombing range was not cleared by the time the jets reached it, forcing them to pull back. According to the news report, the jets could not land with the ordnances still on board and after circling around, they soon began running low on fuel.

“They chose to save the aircraft,” NBC News quoted an unnamed U.S. official as saying.

Each jet dropped two 500-pound bombs on the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral marine in the world. Fortunately, two of the bombs, BDU 45s, were inert to begin with and thus did not explode. The other two ordnances, GBU 12s, were unarmed when the pilots decided to drop them and have not yet exploded.

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Might have something to do

Might have something to do with this - http://www.commodities-now.com/reports/power-and-energy/1367...

Wouldn't be the first time a fight was picked over oil.

Bingo.

I suggested that may happen just as the news became public.

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Yup. You called it.

Yup. You called it.

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We are f-in up this planet so badly

Although the bombs haven't yet exploded...

This is not the first time the U.S. military has accidently disrupted reefs in the region. Back in January the USS Guardian minesweeper got off course and ended up atop the South Atoll of the Tubbataha Reef, a no-sail zone and UN marine protected habitat in the Sulu Sea in the southern Philippines. The vessel damaged 2,346 square meters (25,252 square feet) of the Reef and sparked outrage in the Philippines at the time.

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