How desperate Russia using DOLPHINS to protect fleet after flagship sunk

RUSSIA has used trained dolphins in a desperate bid to protect its naval fleet.

Moscow has deployed two dolphin pods at its naval base at Sevastopol after the flagship Moskva was sunk by Ukraine earlier this month.

Russia has trained dolphins for military purposes in the past


Russia has trained dolphins for military purposes in the pastCredit: Mikhail Semenov/The Siberian Times
Moscow has deployed dolphins at the naval base


Moscow has deployed dolphins at the naval base

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

Dolphins could be deployed for counter-dive operations and to block Ukrainian forces from entering the harbour.

Sevastopol is the Russian Navy’s most crucial naval base, where a large number of ships are anchored which means they are vulnerable to underwater attacks.

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

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The highly-intelligent animals were even trained to swim up to enemy boats with mines strapped to them, blowing holes in the ships – and themselves.

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

The Soviet Union navy had a number of marine mammal programmes including dolphin training at Kazachya Bukhta near Sevastopol.

Bottlenose dolphins were trained in the 1970s to carry out marine missions.

The mammals were capable of planting bombs on ships and attacking divers with guns strapped to their heads.

The dolphin unit moved to Ukraine after the collapse of the Soviet Union but barely stayed open.

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

A source told Russian news agency RIA Novosti at the time: “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.”

It was later revealed that a number of dolphins died as they refused to eat or follow orders provided by the Russians.

Borys Babin, the Ukrainian government’s representative in Crimea, said the dolphins went on a hunger strike when they were seized by “Russian invaders”.

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

According to a 2016 report, military chiefs spent years trying to turn sharks into killing machines but to no avail.

The Soviet Union and the US have trained dolphins during the Cold War


The Soviet Union and the US have trained dolphins during the Cold WarCredit: US Navy

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