Russia is using the militarization of marine mammals to protect an important naval base in the Black Sea, according to multiple reports. Satellite images show what military experts believe are two dolphin pens floating outside the mouth of the country’s key naval base in the port of Sevastopol off the coast of Crimea.
Military analyst HI Sutton first published the information in the USNI military newspaper after analyzing current and archived satellite imagery that he says the pens were placed there in February to coincide with the war. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Russia keeps some of its most important military assets at base, and the dolphins are likely to be trained for operations against enemy divers or to pick up explosives to defend ports.
Russia first used the militarization of dolphins and whales during the Cold War. In 2019, a curious Russian beluga whale wearing a harness with a camera attached was discovered off the coast of Norway. The whale, named Hvaldimir as a nod to hval, the Norwegian word for whale, and Vladimir Putin, believed to be a Russian spy. Russian whales have also been spotted on satellite images of Russia’s super-secret GUGI naval intelligence base.
The Naval Information Warfare Center says marine mammals can be trained to do everything from attach a recovery line to lost gear to attack and even capture divers. or swimmers trespassing the security area. They can also identify and mark locations for underwater mines.
The dolphins at the mouth of the Crimean harbor were likely used to deter underwater sabotage attempts. It is unclear if any of these were also used as explosive devices. Russia kept its dolphin training facility in Crimea after its annexation in 2014. Moscow Times It was reported at the time that Russia was training dolphins to place explosives on ships.
The United States has used highly trained dolphins and sea lions for similar operations since the 1960s, according to Washington Post. North Korea and Israel are also believed to have defensive mammalian military programs.
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