25 September 2005
By Mark Townsend
It may be the oddest tale (click here) to emerge from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Armed dolphins, trained by the US military to shoot terrorists and pinpoint spies underwater, may be missing in the Gulf of Mexico.
Experts who have studied the US navy's cetacean training exercises claim the 36 mammals could be carrying 'toxic dart' guns. Divers and surfers risk attack, they claim, from a species considered to be among the planet's smartest. The US navy admits it has been training dolphins for military purposes, but has refused to confirm that any are missing.
Dolphins have been trained in attack-and-kill missions since the Cold War. The US Atlantic bottlenose dolphins have apparently been taught to shoot terrorists attacking military vessels. Their coastal compound was breached during the storm, sweeping them out to sea. But those who have studied the controversial use of dolphins in the US defence programme claim it is vital they are caught quickly....
Dolphin with missile (click here) like a mini submarine.
I am sure the escaped dolphins were found or not? But, the program was one that was developed by Russia when Ukraine was a state and not a country. However, the program resumed in 2012 when Ukraine was dominated by Russian sympathizer leadership.
Ukraine resumes the training of combat dolphins - in its own and Russian interests (click here)