U.S. fighter jets accidentally bomb Great Barrier Reef during training exercise

By Kay Steiger
Saturday, July 20, 2013 22:05 EDT
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This undated photo released by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority on April 23, 2009 shows an Algal overgrowth section of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. (AFP)
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Two U.S. two AV-8B Harrier jets accidentally bombed Australia’s Great Barrier Reef during a training exercise on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.

The jets launched from USS Bonhomme Richard and accidentally released an inert bomb and an unarmed explosive bomb from 164 feet above the water, according to a statement released from U.S. 7th Fleet on Saturday. Neither of the bombs exploded and they possibly caused minimal damage to the reef.

The incident happened during three weeks of training exercises conducted with U.S. and Australian military forces that include about 28,000 troops.

Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger is the managing editor of Raw Story. Her contributions have appeared in The American Prospect, The Atlantic, Campus Progress, The Guardian, In These Times, Jezebel, Religion Dispatches, RH Reality Check, and others. You can follow her on Twitter @kaysteiger.
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