The reactions have not delayed. An Australian senator, Larissa Waters, condemned the military action. She said: “Have we gone completely mad ? Is this how we look after our World Heritage area now ? Letting a foreign power drop bombs on it ?”
It was revealed that the US Navy will try to get the bombs out/ For the pilots for the two AV-8B Harrier jets this was an emergency situation because they had not enough fuel to return transporting the bombs.
The four bombs have about 4,000 pounds and were dropped into more than 50 meters of water away from the coral.
An important detail was later revealed: some civilian vessels had unexpectedly strayed into the military training area disturbing the action plan for this flight.