US Navy finalises plans to retrieve bombs from reef

THE US 7th Fleet will lead an operation to retrieve four bombs dropped on the Great Barrier Reef off Queensland during the Talisman Saber training exercise with Australian troops two weeks ago.

Two US fighter jets were forced to drop the weapons onto the marine park after civilian boats were spotted close to a target off the central Queensland coast.

The United States Navy said it was finalising details of the retrieval operation with Australian authorities.

Commanding Officer Daniel Dusek told the ABC the status was still being reviewed by the US Navy, the US Government and the Australian Government.

"They're still trying to discuss and determine the best course of action, the best plan," he said.

The US Navy will reveal more details of the operation soon.

The bombs were dropped in a channel 50-60cm deep, posing no danger to shipping or navigation.

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