How desperate Russia is to use a group of DOLPHINS to protect its rusting navy after its flagship sank in Ukraine – Reuters

RUSSIA used trained dolphins in a desperate attempt to protect its navy.

Moscow sent two groups of dolphins to its naval base in Sevastopol after Ukraine sank the Moskva flagship earlier this month.

Russia has trained dolphins for military purposes in the pastPhoto: Mikhail Semenov/The Siberian Times
Moscow placed dolphins at a naval base
They were trained to carry out underwater missions.
They were trained to carry out underwater missions.Credit: Hulton – Getty Archives

According to satellite imagery analyzed by the US Naval Institute (USNI), two pods of dolphins were moved to a base in the Black Sea in February at the start of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

The dolphins could be deployed to counter diving operations and prevent Ukrainian forces from entering the port.

Sevastopol is the most important naval base of the Russian Navy, where a large number of ships are anchored, which makes them vulnerable to submarine attacks.

Russia is known to have trained dolphins for military purposes in the past, using them to attack foreign ships with mines.

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Highly intelligent animals have even been taught to swim up to enemy ships with mines attached to them, to make holes in ships – and in themselves.

Both the United States and the Soviet Union trained military dolphins throughout the Cold War.

The Navy of the Soviet Union ran a number of marine mammal programs, including the training of dolphins at Kazachya Bay near Sevastopol.

In the 1970s bottlenose dolphins were trained to carry out sea missions.

Mammals could plant bombs on ships and attack divers with guns strapped to their heads.

The Dolphin division moved to Ukraine after the collapse of the Soviet Union, but almost never remained open.

It returned to action when it came under Russian control following Moscow’s controversial 2014 annexation of Crimea.

A source told the Russian news agency RIA Novosti at the time: “Our specialists have developed new devices that convert the detection of targets by underwater dolphin sonar into a signal fed to the operator’s monitor.

“The Ukrainian Navy did not have enough funds for such know-how, and some projects had to be shelved.”

It was later revealed that several dolphins had died refusing to eat or obey Russian orders.

Boris Babin, a Ukrainian government spokesman in Crimea, said the dolphins went on a hunger strike when they were captured by “Russian occupiers.”

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The United States also trained dolphins, sea lions, and even sharks during the Cold War.

Warlords have been trying to turn sharks into killing machines for years, without success, according to a 2016 report.

The Soviet Union and the United States Trained Dolphins During the Cold War
The Soviet Union and the United States Trained Dolphins During the Cold WarCredit: US Navy

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