Russia Will Continue Crimea’s Combat Dolphin Program

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The combat dolphin unit stationed in the Crimean city of Sevastopol was to be discontinued in April, but Russia has taken control of the program and will be keeping it active.

The combat dolphin unit stationed in the Crimean city of Sevastopol was to be discontinued in April, but Russia has taken control of the program and will be keeping it active.

When being used for military operations, the specially-trained dolphins and sea lions that make up the team are outfitted with various apparatus and sent out to search for and either tag or attack threats to security.

They patrol the waters looking for potential infiltrations by objects and living things that are too small to be picked up by radar.

Among the dangers they’re on watch for are enemy scuba divers, as its easy for a person to slip past secured boundaries.

When the USSR was disbanded, authority over the dolphins was assigned to the Ukrainian Navy.

For a while the animals were used to work with disabled children, but in 2011 were reverted back to serving the military.

New technologies for the program were developed at that time, but funding to implement them wasn’t available.

Using marine animals as part of one’s naval forces is uncommon although the U.S. Navy has confirmed their dolphin program. However, they insist the dolphins are used for locating sea mines only and not trained to attack.

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