It wasn't just the miles of gorgeous coastline, the plush dacha compounds of the Soviet elite and the naval bases of the Black Sea Fleet that
The Ukrainian military dolphin programme was born out of a Soviet-era scheme that fell into neglect in the 1990s. The programme was resurrected in 2012 by the Ukrainian navy, and the Crimean military dolphin centre is thought to be one of just two in the world, with the other in
The Russians, however, have big plans for their newest naval recruits. A source told Russian agency RIA Novosti back in March that with
"Our specialists developed new devices that convert dolphins' underwater sonar detection of targets into a signal to the operator's monitor. The Ukrainian navy lacked funds for such know-how, and some projects had to be mothballed."
Bomb disposal . . . a dolphin trained to find underwater mines
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