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(BBC)   Headline: US jets dropped bombs on Great Barrier Reef...Article: Oh, you were going to read this? Uh, well it's technically true, I guess   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 9
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2013-07-21 10:08:21 AM  
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So, basically, the US Navy dropped bomb-shaped blobs of concrete a short distance from, but not on, the Great Barrier Reef.

/Idiot headline writer
//They do still make training bombs out of concrete, don't they ?
2013-07-21 12:55:35 PM  
1 votes:

1000Monkeys: thamike: They were probably supposed to be targeting Coral Gables.

Fair enough then.

thamike: It's actually not even technically true.

How not?

They were US jets.
They dropped bombs (yes, two were real GBU 12s).
The bombs fell on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Voiceofreason01: yeah but "US Navy Acts Responsibly During Training Exercise" doesn't generate as many clicks

I disagree and that's even more misleading than this headline. This incident occurred because the pilot tried multiple times to bomb the designated range but couldn't because it wasn't clear (some boat in they way?). Eventually they realized they didn't have enough fuel make it back with the bombs and were forced to ditch them.

Essentially, someone forgot to take the weight of the bombs into account (the calculations probably assumed the bombs would be gone at that point, which would be correct in most cases) and didn't abort the training mission early enough. This was an irresponsible screw up no matter how you look at it.

Dropping the bombs then was the correct decision based on the circumstances but it's their own fault they got into that situation.


It was nobody's "fault" but mother nature and it was the responsible thing to do.  It wasn't a fuel situation, it was a weight situation.  When Harriers land on the boat, they do vertical landings.  The ability to do a VL is predicated on the engines performance under the current environmental conditions.  Weight factors in to that significantly.  They can takeoff with a higher weight than they can land with.  Rarely will you be able to land with the ordnance you took off with.  So you can either divert (if that's an option), jettison the ordnance, or try a VL and settle into the water when you don't have the schlitz to continue flying the plane.

But please, continue enlightening us.

/Harrier Pilot
2013-07-21 11:05:33 AM  
1 votes:
BigNumber12:

Ah, looks like they have their fair share of scumbags who bend the truth in order to create sensational, emotion-provoking soundbytes as well.

Remember, Rupert Murdoch's from Australia.
2013-07-21 10:37:17 AM  
1 votes:

capt.hollister: So, basically, the US Navy dropped bomb-shaped blobs of concrete a short distance from, but not on, the Great Barrier Reef.


From what I read elsewhere, two of the bombs were real but unarmed and so did not explode.

Tom-Servo: But yeah, the headline made me think the US was carpet bombing the actual coral reef... Or something like that.


Personally, I assumed it was an an accident at first. Why did you even think they were carpet bombing it? What military value could there be in carpet bombing the Great Barrier Reef?
2013-07-21 10:32:02 AM  
1 votes:

thamike: It's actually not even technically true.


yeah but "US Navy Acts Responsibly During Training Exercise" doesn't generate as many clicks
2013-07-21 10:28:56 AM  
1 votes:
"Each bomb weighed 500lb (226kg), according to the US TV network NBC.

The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral structure rich in marine life.

It stretches for more than 2,600km (1,680 miles) along Australia's eastern coast."

Somebody got an encyclopedia set for their birthday!

This article reads like a middle school geography paper.
2013-07-21 10:19:51 AM  
1 votes:
"However, the mission was aborted when hazards were reported in the area."

Good thing for the pilots that combat only ever takes place in ideal conditions when there are no hazards in the area.
2013-07-21 10:18:11 AM  
1 votes:

Tom-Servo: But yeah, the headline made me think the US was carpet bombing the actual coral reef... Or something like that.


That's what they were hoping people would think, to drive page clicks.

Low blow, BBC.  Usually "journalism" like that is more the Daily Fail's thing.
2013-07-21 10:09:04 AM  
1 votes:
FTFA: "The two planes jettisoned four bombs in more than 50m (165 ft) of water, away from coral, to minimise damage..."

I'm guessing that the "great barrier reef" is not just a reef but also some kind of "nature park" and this occurred within the boundaries of the "nature park".

But yeah, the headline made me think the US was carpet bombing the actual coral reef... Or something like that.
 
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