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The Navy Is Depending on Dolphins to Keep the Strait of Hormuz Open
theatlanticwire ^

Posted on 01/13/2012 8:11:23 PM PST by traumer

If Iran closes the Strait of Hormuz, the U.S. Navy has a backup plan to save one-fifth of the world's daily oil trade: send in the dolphins.

The threat of Iran closing the strait has reached a fever pitch, reports today's New York Times, with U.S. officials warning Iran's supreme leader that such moves would cross a "red line" provoking a U.S. response. Iran could block the strait with any assortment of mines, armed speed boats or anti-ship cruise missiles but according to Michael Connell at the Center for Naval Analysis, “The immediate issue [for the U.S. military] is to get the mines.” To solve that problem, the Navy has a solution that isn't heavily-advertised but has a time-tested success rate: mine-detecting dolphins.

"We've got dolphins," said retired Adm. Tim Keating in a Wednesday interview with NPR. Keating commanded the U.S. 5th Fleet in Bahrain during the run-up to the Iraq war. He sounded uncomfortable with elaborating on the Navy's use of the lovable mammals but said in a situation like the standoff in Hormuz, Navy-trained dolphins would come in handy:

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Military/Veterans; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: dolphins; hormuz; straitofhormuz

1 posted on 01/13/2012 8:11:25 PM PST by traumer
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To: traumer

According to a report in 2003, the dolphins only detect the mines. Destroying them is left up to the Navy’s human divers.
Still, the mammals are large enough to detonate a live mine, a prospect that doesn’t delight animal rights groups.


2 posted on 01/13/2012 8:14:39 PM PST by traumer
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To: traumer
We give them weapons, but can they use them?


3 posted on 01/13/2012 8:15:52 PM PST by ElectronVolt
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To: traumer

I think they are more dependent on those that wear “dolphins”.


4 posted on 01/13/2012 8:17:09 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: traumer

This will end well....


5 posted on 01/13/2012 8:17:53 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: traumer
He sounded uncomfortable with elaborating on the Navy's use of the lovable mammals

Wonder why? We use the heck out of dogs, and honestly? I've never had a cetacaen curl up around the foot of my sleeping bag and keep me safe and warm during the night.

/johnny

6 posted on 01/13/2012 8:18:04 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: traumer
Say CHEEEEZE

7 posted on 01/13/2012 8:18:34 PM PST by moehoward
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To: traumer

Just put laser beams on their frickin foreheads and be done with it.


8 posted on 01/13/2012 8:23:37 PM PST by digger48
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To: traumer

Oak A Doke A.

Beneficent and beautiful sentient beings dying in a worthless gesture.

Just send the Ortho man instead.


9 posted on 01/13/2012 8:28:08 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: traumer

Laying mines in an international shipping route should be an act of war.


10 posted on 01/13/2012 8:28:35 PM PST by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: traumer

I don’t think that the Miami Dolphins are up to it this year.

Maybe we should us the Tampa Rays. They carrier a better sting.


11 posted on 01/13/2012 8:28:53 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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12 posted on 01/13/2012 8:30:11 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: traumer

Fa killed Pa...


13 posted on 01/13/2012 8:32:11 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: digger48

`laser beams on their frickin foreheads’

Or mines. Russian mine-dogs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Lv_vd30s5s


14 posted on 01/13/2012 8:33:53 PM PST by tumblindice (ABR)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Uh

Well

There was this one time——oh never mind

Smile


15 posted on 01/13/2012 8:34:40 PM PST by Steve Newton
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks traumer.
...the U.S. Navy has a backup plan to save one-fifth of the world's daily oil trade...
Ridiculous. Everyone knows the Mossad is the only espionage service that uses wildlife to attack Islam. ;')


16 posted on 01/13/2012 8:36:26 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy Friday the 13th, everyone!)
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To: traumer
Day of the Dolphin...
17 posted on 01/13/2012 8:37:50 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Steve Newton
Friggin squids. Give 'em ships liberty and they wind up in the damnnedest places.

;)

/johnny

18 posted on 01/13/2012 8:42:33 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: traumer

I suggest the U.S. put out a story that a Japanese whaling ship is going after whales in the channel, then let the whaling activists “find” the mines. That solves two problems, not just one.

Oh wait, Obama hates the military - he wouldn’t go with the ruse. He also loves protesters, so no go on this.

Still, Israel could put out the story, they’re our friends even if the Messiah isn’t.


19 posted on 01/13/2012 8:52:56 PM PST by Rembrandt (.. AND the donkey you rode in on.)
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To: tumblindice

Oh my


20 posted on 01/13/2012 8:54:54 PM PST by digger48
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To: traumer

Couple of Seals wouldn't hurt, either.

21 posted on 01/13/2012 8:55:25 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: digger48

General “Buck” Turgidson: Mr. President, if I may speak freely, the Russkie talks big, but frankly, we think he’s short of know how. I mean, you just can’t expect a bunch of ignorant peons to understand a machine like some of our boys. And that’s not meant as an insult, Mr. Ambassador, I mean, you take your average Russkie, we all know how much guts he’s got. Hell, lookit look at all them them Nazis killed off and they still wouldn’t quit.

PS Commie dogs are more patriotic than American dolphins? Why, that’s nonsense. I’d put Flipper up against any of their canine cosmonauts any day of the week. (Snort)


22 posted on 01/13/2012 9:06:12 PM PST by tumblindice (ABR)
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To: traumer

I am not going to speculate on anything like revealing secret technology, Google does that all the time.

If we have drone aircraft we have drone dolphins.

Simple as that.


23 posted on 01/13/2012 9:09:02 PM PST by Eye of Unk (Liberals need not reply.)
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To: Eye of Unk
Nothing too secret about it, but properly trained and equipped dolphins make for an outstanding antipersonnel force against swimmers and divers. Imagine if you will a giant hypodermic needle charged with compressed air and inserted into the body of an enemy. Not only does it kill them, when the bodies pop to the surface they're easy to count. There isn't much available technology that can out-swim or out-detect a dolphin...
24 posted on 01/13/2012 9:22:25 PM PST by stormer
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To: traumer
Those Iranians better watch out. We are holding our Battalion of Swordfish in reserve.


25 posted on 01/13/2012 9:23:45 PM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: traumer

I feel better already...../sarc


26 posted on 01/13/2012 9:35:48 PM PST by dila813
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To: tumblindice
Or mines. Russian mine-dogs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Lv_vd30s5s

Wasn't there an old US scheme involving pigeons cooped up in the nose cone trained to peck at a TV image of the target? Project Orcon?

27 posted on 01/13/2012 9:49:11 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: traumer

I don’t see why we gotta protect the strait. Seems like all of the oil exporting countries that depend on it would have a vested interest in keeping it open. Why must they continually rely on us? Why can’t they police their own?

For once, let Iran’s arab neighbors put pressure on them!


28 posted on 01/13/2012 10:15:45 PM PST by FreeInWV (Have you had enough change yet?)
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To: traumer
Capable and well trained!

Used to encounter them when I had my boat on the sandbar in Kanahoe Bay.

The control boat with the handlers was always a couple of hundred feet away, and we would wave. We all knew what the skinny was on it.

29 posted on 01/13/2012 11:35:17 PM PST by Oiao (Socialism Kills)
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To: traumer

You go, Flipper !!!


30 posted on 01/14/2012 12:09:50 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: moehoward

31 posted on 01/14/2012 1:36:09 AM PST by traumer
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To: stormer

How would you control them? Telepathically... ??


32 posted on 01/14/2012 1:43:44 AM PST by traumer
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To: JRandomFreeper

Well

Just once

Uh no twice

I think


33 posted on 01/14/2012 8:16:35 AM PST by Steve Newton
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To: traumer

The same way guard dogs are controlled, through training. Dolphins perform several missions, but are most commonly used to locate mines. They wear a small “pinger” that acts as the sounding device for a remotely operated sonar. They are also used to retrieve objects using devices they carry in their mouths. In an antipersonnel setting, they will swim around until they find a target, return to a buoy or boat and get the okie-dokie and the weapon. I don’t know if that system is currently deployed or operational, but it has been developed. Sealions perform many of the same duties.


34 posted on 01/14/2012 9:18:22 AM PST by stormer
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To: traumer
Navy-trained dolphins would come in handy:

Have the dolphins figured out how to avoid fishing nets yet?

35 posted on 01/14/2012 9:21:05 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Naugahyde is no longer available due to the Naugas being hunted to extinction.....)
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