Since the summer of 2022, the Russian Navy has invested heavily in enhancing the security of the Black Sea Fleet's main base in Sevastopol. Combat dolphins are designed to counter divers.
This was reported by the UK Ministry of Defense on Twitter.
According to the report, the measures include at least four layers of nets and booms across the harbour entrance.
According to British intelligence, in recent weeks, these defences have highly likely also been augmented by an increased number of trained marine mammals.
Imagery shows a near doubling of floating mammal pens in the harbour which highly likely contain bottle-nosed dolphins. The navy also uses beluga whales and seals in Arctic waters.
"Russia has trained animals for a range of missions, but the ones housed in Sevastopol harbour are highly likely intended to counter enemy divers," the British Ministry of Defense said.
As reported, this may be due to the fact that the occupiers fear the threat of an attack by Ukraine's special forces.
Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 23/06/2023