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Navy: Training, testing may kill marine mammals

By Audrey McAvoy / Associated Press


HONOLULU (AP) — Navy environmental studies say the service could inadvertently kill hundreds of whales and dolphins during training and testing over the next five years.

The studies cover testing and training planned for waters off the East Coast, Gulf of Mexico, Southern California and Hawaii from 2014 through 2019 — the main area where the service branch tests equipment and trains sailors.

The Navy's computer models say it may kill 186 of the marine mammals off the East Coast and 155 off Southern California and Hawaii.

Energy and environmental readiness division Director Rear Adm. Kevin Slates told reporters this week the Navy doesn't expect to cause any deaths but it can't guarantee it won't affect marine mammals.

The Navy is releasing two final environmental impact statements on the issue Friday.

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localguy wrote:
Before anyone starts whining about the US Navy, do you think you would see this information from the Chinese, Russian, North Korean, Japanese or navies from other countries? Of course not. And lets not forget how many of these creatures are killed for food by other countries while we do not. Just saying.....
on August 30,2013 | 05:49AM
pcman wrote:
Let's not forget that many military personnel also lose limb and life in training and exercises, short of war. Sacrifice, hardships and dedication by US military personnel are required to develop weapons, tactics, techniques, procedures and processes. Unfortunately, animals and vegetation are damaged or die in the process. This is the cost of freedom. Just remember, freedom is not free.
on August 30,2013 | 07:34AM
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