Fighting Dolphins

The U.S. Navy began also known as fighting dolphins in the Iraq war. “When it was announced that the U.S. military in Iraq war also known as fighting dolphins” set, an almost forgotten topic for a short time got into the spotlight of public interest: the use of animals in the war. In the spring of 218 BC, Hannibal led an enormous army of elephants through Spain and Gaul across the Alps to attack Rome. Before and after his animals in the history of humankind in countless wars have been abused – horses, dogs or camels. After the end of the campaign in Afghanistan, specially trained sniffer dogs from Germany and Belgium were employed for the detection of mines.

A not quite safe job, but the animals can sniff out barely to be mines plastic based on the smell of explosives. By entirely different caliber was already the use of dolphins and sea lions in the last Iraq war, almost two thousand years after Hannibal’s daring crossing of the Alps. The soldiers of the sea”can combat trained dolphins kill enemy divers and detect sea mines. Education, transport and use of extremely stressful for the intelligent sea mammals but apart from the more than dubious military value of such weapons”, many do not survive the rigorous training. Since 1959, trained the U.S.

Navy captured wild dolphins for military purposes and for the first time put them in the Bay of Cam Ranh during the Viet Nam war. The marine mammals that are equipped with special nose weapons should kill there enemy divers. Fighting dolphins were during the cold war to one of the best-kept military secrets, to a veritable arms race between the United States and the USSR broke out. While the about 120 Russian fighting dolphins were largely sold after the collapse of the Soviet Empire, the United States was the animals including the Gulf war in 1991 and in 2000 during a NATO exercise in the Baltic Sea. Also the Navy by India to have fighting dolphins, which can selectively install mines on enemy ships. The military draw on in curiosity and the pronounced locating assets of animals. The small whale discovered a suspected underwater object, he can mark it by means of a probe or it floats to the surface and gives character to understand what he has discovered. As a reward, there are to eat something. For the Dolphin Takoma”Iraq was only two days but again to end. The 22-year-old bottlenose disappeared supposedly equally on his first mission. Maybe Takoma was”also to curious and was torn apart by a mine. Killed, or escape the result remains the same. In the wild, Takoma has”virtually no chance of survival.