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The U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program (NMMP) is a program administered by the U.S. Navy which studies the military use of marine mammals - principally Bottlenose Dolphins and California Sea Lions - and trains animals to perform tasks such as ship and harbor protection, mine detection and clearance, and equipment recovery. The program is based in San Diego, California, where animals are housed and trained on an ongoing basis. NMMP animal teams have been deployed for use in combat zones, such as…

The U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program (NMMP) is a program administered by the U.S. Navy which studies the military use of marine mammals - principally Bottlenose Dolphins and California Sea Lions - and trains animals to perform tasks such as ship and harbor protection, mine detection and clearance, and equipment recovery. The program is based in San Diego, California, where animals are housed and trained on an ongoing basis. NMMP animal teams have been deployed for use in combat zones, such as…

US Navy Dolphin...the dolphin weapons are real. These dolphins are trained at the sub base in San Diego.

US Navy Dolphin...the dolphin weapons are real. These dolphins are trained at the sub base in San Diego.

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'KDog', a US Navy Marine Mammal Program dolphin who performed mine clearance work in the Persian Gulf during the Iraq War U. Navy photo by Photographer Mate Class Brien Aho

Marine mammals play key roles in detecting mines  (Any statistics on whether any have been injured in the process?  What do others think about this?)

Marine mammals play key roles in detecting mines (Any statistics on whether any have been injured in the process? What do others think about this?)

A Navy dolphin training to look for mines off the coast of San Diego found a museum-worthy 19th-century torpedo on the seafloor, military officials said.

A Navy dolphin training to look for mines off the coast of San Diego found a museum-worthy 19th-century torpedo on the seafloor, military officials said.

Recruits at San Diego Marine Base get first "peek" at new Garand automatic rifle.

Recruits at San Diego Marine Base get first "peek" at new Garand automatic rifle.

Worldwide, 1 out of every 337 people are modern-day slaves. On average, that 1 slave cost somebody $90 but generates over $7,000 in profits every year.

Worldwide, 1 out of every 337 people are modern-day slaves. On average, that 1 slave cost somebody $90 but generates over $7,000 in profits every year.

Navy Dolphins Scout for Mines in Croatia - Last week, six dolphins took off from their HQ at the U.S. Navy's Marine Mammal Program in San Diego on a flight to Zagreb, Croatia. Their mission (whether or not they chose to accept it): Find unexploded bombs and shells off the coast of Dubrovnik

Navy Dolphins Scout for Mines in Croatia - Last week, six dolphins took off from their HQ at the U.S. Navy's Marine Mammal Program in San Diego on a flight to Zagreb, Croatia. Their mission (whether or not they chose to accept it): Find unexploded bombs and shells off the coast of Dubrovnik

USS SIDES FRIGATE - My Nephew was attached to this ship. I had the pleasure of being able to go out on this ship for a family day.

USS SIDES FRIGATE - My Nephew was attached to this ship. I had the pleasure of being able to go out on this ship for a family day.

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