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Mine-Sweeping Mammals Search For Mine-Sweeping Robots

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Four mine-sweeping U.S. Navy robots went AWOL on a training mission earlier in the week. The robots were supposed to replace the Navy’s earlier state-of-the-art mine sweeping technology: sea lions and dolphins.

Thankfully the the marine-mammals-that-could didn’t hold a grudge. Instead, they went to work on a recovery mission.

For decades the Navy has used the mammals to find underwater mines, but had recently purchased several REMUS 100 UUV’s. The robots are normally reliable and can carry more gear and sensors than the animals, and of course don’t feel a thing when occasionally being blown up by mines.

They also, apparently, are very good at disappearing.

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