Seeing the need for mine countermeasure capabilities in very shallow waters, the Navy has established a test detachment these EOD Marine Mammal System handlers work with Mk 7 dolphins for a nighttime exercise-to develop tactics, identify requirements, and evaluate equipment.
As the United States contemplates its military forces for the future, there is the potential that "big picture" issues may cloud our vision and obscure some compelling operational needs. One key warfare area that often is ignored in peacetime is mine warfare, especially mine countermeasures (MCM). This is disturbing because, of all the challenges to U.S. naval forces, naval mines have perhaps the greatest potential to defeat the Navy's and Marine Corps' ". . . From the Sea" and "Forward . . . from the Sea" strategies and supporting doctrine and operational concepts. Nowhere is this potential greater than in the shallow waters of the world's littorals.