Australia navy finds bombs dropped by US on Great Barrier Reef
SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia's navy said on Friday that it had found four bombs dropped by US forces on the Great Barrier Reef during a training exercise last month, adding that retrieval plans were being made.
Minesweeper HMAS Gascoyne found the ordnance, which was jettisoned by two US AV-8B Harrier jets during bilateral war games with Australian forces in July.
The jets had intended to drop the two BDU 45s and two GBU 12s on an island in the Shoalwater Bay military training area, but had to ditch them in waters within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park after civilian boats strayed into the drop zone.
Two of the bombs were inert and the others were dropped in an unarmed state, about 30 kilometres from the nearest reef.