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 clicksI 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.
Tom-Servo: But yeah, the headline made me think the US was carpet bombing the actual coral reef... Or something like that.
thamike: It's actually not even technically true.
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