U.S. and Russian Dolphins May Meet in Black Sea

DolphinForget frigates or destroyers, the next show of force between the U.S. and Russia in the Black Sea could be the fleet of military dolphins trained by the two navies.

The U.S. Navy had planned to include dolphins in the upcoming training exercises planned for the Black Sea. Tom LaPuzza,  spokesman for the U.S. Navy’s marine mammals program, confirmed those plans for the Mail Online.

Ukraine had its own fleet of military dolphins that were located in Crimea. When Russia annexed Crimea, they also got the dolphins. The Russian newspaper Izvestia went as far to suggest the Russian and U.S. dolphins could meet meet in the Black Sea this summer.

The U.S. Navy uses the dolphins to hunt mines, find intruder swimmers and disrupt enemy sonars. Russia uses the dolphins in the same manner. Along with dolphins, the two countries have also trained seals as part of the program.

The U.S. started its military dolphin program more than 50 years ago. The U.S. Navy currently has at least 75 dolphins trained in its program. It’s official name is the Navy Marine Mammal Program and it’s based in San Diego, Calif. It was classified up until the 1990s.

U.S. officials plan to close the program in 2017 and replace the dolphins with robots — specifically General Dynamics’ Knifefish.

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Michael Hoffman
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  • andy

    We should mount a remote Torpedo unit on the back of these Dolphin.

  • Connor Cook

    Right, next thing you know we’re training them to fight enemy sea creatures…

  • Sounds like the premise of a SYFY chan original movie minus the Dolphin mutiny!!!

  • tiger

    Flipper vs. Ivan Flippertovich??? LOL

  • tiger

    Flipper leads a hard core team of “Agents of SHIELD” Dolphins bent on mining the Black sea fleet. But then from the Dark deep……. Ivan Flippertovich & his Spetsnaz trained band called “RED FIN,” lie in wait to pounce on the US invaders. Armed with double barreled spear guns & Russian shooting knives. They will make the Black Sea, turn red with blood…….

    Flipper vs RED FIN!!!!! Coming soon………..

  • oblat4

    Saw the editorial in rhe straits times recently about what asian nations can expect from alliances with America. A lot of them are pointing to the Ukraine crisis and saying obviously not much. But in any conflict we will send our pets.

    • ShamWowed

      Yep pets and internet warriors. Can’t wait to hear your war stories!

    • NeoconBrony

      That argument doesn’t make any sense, Ukraine wasn’t our ally. If we tried to make them our ally, the Russians would have invaded a long time ago to prevent us from doing just that.

  • deanegilmour

    Wouldn’t it be justification if the dolphins from the opposing navies got together in an undersea confab and made a pac t to interfer with both navies, give them false info, and refuse to do their instructions. The dolphins are probably smarter then their cousin landlubber mammals, homo sapiens

  • Peter

    Just wait until mighty Cthulu hears of this. And awakens!

  • William_C1

    It’s time to escalate to phase 2, unleash the sharks with lasers on their heads.

  • conradswims

    Don’t count on the dolphins to follow orders. There are several pods off Redondo where I swim and they call all the shots. They do as they damn well please.

  • ShamWowed

    Well, good luck to the military folks out there and to those with loved ones serving. Despite the overall hate, discontent, and what I presume to be sexual frustration on this site, I see little directed at the warriors. For the self-proclaimed scientists, engineers, and internet warriors, I look forward to your many contributions that will make waging war a much more efficient and less-costly endeavor. That is if you confine your talents just to the defense sector.

  • protect dolphins

    Those cowards who created and operated these “military dolphin” programs should be criminally charged for animal cruelty.

  • hibeam

    The Marine version is covered with tattoos.

  • Hialpha

    So long, and thanks for all the fish…

  • UUV Warrior

    The most hilarious part of the article is the last sentence. “U.S. officials plan to close the program in 2017 and replace the dolphins with robots — specifically General Dynamics’ Knifefish.” Anyone familiar with the Knifefish program knows that thing will never meet the reliability requirements.

  • Nasties

    And that is to have sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads. Now evidently my cycloptic colleague informs me that that cannot be done

  • A countermeasure (applicable to both sides) would be to use female dolphins as honey traps.

  • Justanothertuna

    Oh ow it could be the beginning of the dolphine wars. (kidding)