From Sea World To Active Duty

The Navy has plenty of high-tech gear poised to defend its fleet of carriers, cruisers and destroyers deployed in the Persian Gulf for possible war with Iraq. But the service has also quietly dispatched a low-tech team of military helpers: California sea lions.

The mammals have been flown from their home base in San Diego to Bahrain to see whether they can help protect U.S. ships against Iraqi frogmen and mines. Living in pens on land next to the Persian Gulf, the sea lions, which average around 350 lbs. each, will hop aboard boats and dive into the water near...

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