by Christopher Freeburn | July 22, 2013 11:44 am
Last week, joint maneuvers with Australian forces went awry, forcing U.S. Navy planes to drop unarmed bombs into the sea near the Great Barrier Reef.
Two planes from the USS Bonhomme Richard were scheduled to drop the bombs on a uninhabited island used as a bombing range. However, after observers detected the presence of civilian boats in the area, the drill was cancelled. The planes were unable to land with the ordinance and were directed to drop the bombs — which did not explode — in an area chosen to minimize any impact on the environment, the Associated Press notes.
Four bombs were dropped into the water. Two were disarmed prior to dropping, the other two were dummy bombs.
Environmentalists decried the incident and potential damage to the reef, which is an Australian national park and a World Heritage area.
Australian and American officials are investigating the incident.
The opinions contained in this column are solely those of the writer.
Want to share your own views on money and politics? Drop us a line at email@example.com we might reprint your views in our InvestorPolitics blog! Please include your name, city and state of residence. All letters submitted to this address will be considered for publication.
Source URL: http://investorplace.com/investorpolitics/u-s-jets-bomb-great-barrier-reef/
Short URL: http://investorplace.com/?p=376203
Copyright ©2016 InvestorPlace Media, LLC. All rights reserved. 700 Indian Springs Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601.