Marine Mammals ‘Working’ for the U.S. Navy

‘A new U.S. Navy Instruction updates Navy policy on the use of marine mammals for national security missions.It seems that by law (10 USC 7524), the Secretary of Defense is authorized to “take” (or acquire) up to 25 wild marine mammals each year “for national defense purposes.” These mammals — including whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea lions — are used for military missions such as locating and marking underwater mines, and providing force protection against unauthorized swimmers or vehicles, among other things.’

Read the full story (and download the pdf of the Navy Instruction) from the Federation of American Scientists

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