Skip to comments.Navy resumes sonar training off SD coast as legal battle goes on
Posted on 01/27/2008 7:32:41 PM PST by SmithL
SAN DIEGO The Navy has resumed sonar training off the coast of Southern California despite the continuing legal battle over how the exercises affect whales and other marine mammals.
The training by the carrier strike group of the USS Abraham Lincoln is part of a broader exercise to prepare the group for deployment, the Navy said in a news release.
During the exercises, which began Wednesday and were scheduled to last through February 1, sailors train in anti-submarine warfare, ocean security operations and other areas.
The anti-submarine warfare exercises use mid-frequency active sonar that environmentalists say hurts whales and other marine life.
Earlier this month, a federal judge temporarily lifted certain measures designed to lessen the impact of sonar on whales, a day after President Bush exempted the Navy from an environmental law in an effort to allow the service to continue anti-submarine warfare exercises.
In a memorandum the president said the exercised were "in the paramount interest of the United States" and its national security.
"We are conducting this operation within all the regulations," said Commander Dora Lockwood, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Third Fleet in San Diego.
The Natural Resources Defense Council had sued to force the Navy to lessen the harm of its sonar exercises. In November, a federal appeals court said the sonar problem needed to be fixed.
Phone and e-mail messages left with a spokesman for the NRDC were not immediately returned Sunday.
Critics contend sonar has harmful effects on whales and other marine mammals, possibly by damaging their hearing. The council's lawsuit alleges the Navy's sonar causes whales and other mammals to beach themselves.
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Well, with dolphins murdering other dolphins...
This is terrible. United States Navy sonar causes dolphins to murder their young!
If the Navy can stop just one vicious dolphin from killing it’s worth it.
Female and minority dolphins hardest hit.
Thank you Navy!
Intercourse the whales.
Not a boomer issue. They’re only a threat to the occasional Giant Squid.
It seems to me that the US could maximize our enemy submarine detection, putting our extremely sensitive listening equipment to good use, by sending out perhaps torpedo sized drones that when at a predetermined location would send out *very quiet* active sonar pings.
The idea is that the enemy might not even detect that they are being actively pinged, but our extremely sensitive listening equipment would notice. The pings might even be disguised to sound like naturally occurring noises.
Just a few such devices might cover a vast underwater area.
With this training going on right now off San Diego is also a huge number of NATO countries deployed here involved.
Hey Pointers, have your garage door openers suddenly stopped working?
The study CONTENDS that POSSIBLE harmful effects are caused by the sonar.
The 2 words ladies and gentlemen...
SONAR ON! Unless you’ve got definitive proof of the harmful effects, shut the hell up.
Dolphins are already PROVEN to kill each other, and lesser rivals with aggression that makes sharks look gay.
Careful...you’ll get sued for doing that!
Oh, San Diego and not South Dakota. Okay.
Click on pic for past Navair pings.
Post or FReepmail me if you wish to be enlisted in or discharged from the Navair Pinglist.
This is a medium to low volume pinglist.
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