In its diverse kit-bag of resources, the Navy's Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) force maintains a small but vital element that provides unique capabilities to support mine countermeasures and other important post-Cold War operations. The Marine Mammal Systems (MMS) is made up of specially trained bottlenose dolphins and sea lions that use their natural capabilities to detect and pinpoint objects in the water and on or under the sea bed. Other dolphins have been trained to detect and mark an adversary's combat swimmers. Taking advantage of millions of years of evolution that has resulted in animals perfectly "tailored" for this operational environment, the Navy has evolved complex and sophisticated behavioral science and training techniques that enable these dolphins and sea lions to satisfy critical requirements real-world operational needs that today cannot be met as effectively or efficiently in any other way.
Marine Mammals Are a Force Multiplier
By Commander Daniel M. Renwick, U.S. Navy, Rob Simmons, Dr. Scott C. Truver