This past Thursday RIA Novosti reported that the Ukrainian navy has restarted training combat dolphins. The highly intelligent marine mammals will undergo counter-combat swimmer and mine detection training, according to an undisclosed military source in the Ukrainian naval port of Sevastopol. The unnamed source explains:
“Ten dolphins are now being trained for special tasks in the Ukrainian state oceanarium, and the Ukrainian military are regularly training the animals for detecting things on the seabed…”
“We are now planning training exercises for counter-combat swimmer tasks in order to defend ships in port and on raids,”
Commenting on several trial runs, the Ukranian military sources goes on to say:
“The mission was successfully carried out. Our dolphins found the items and attached devices to them which were fixed on their heads, after which a buoy on it was sent to the surface to mark it,”
Other than San Diego NSC the Ukrainian dolphin base is one of two in the world.