U.S. USES DOLPHINS AS MINESWEEPERS IN NAVAL EXERCISE OFF HAWAII

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HONOLULU, Hawaii (August 10, 1998 - Radio Australia)---The United States Navy has used 10 dolphins as "minesweepers" in a naval exercise off Hawaii, involving Pacific Rim countries.

Japan's Kyodo news agency reported the dolphins were dispatched from California, where the Navy is promoting a project to utilize ocean mammals for military defense purposes.

American officials said the dolphins worked along with submariners from the U.S., Australian and Canadian navies to sweep supposed enemy mines ahead of a landing operation by the U.S. Marine Corps.

The report said the dolphins released buoys to mark the places where they detected the mines, and conveyed messages to minesweeping vessels through satellite-based global positioning systems attached to their backs.

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