Northern Edge military exercise ends

Posted: Monday, April 02, 2001

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Northern Edge military exercise ended over the weekend after a two-week run.

The exercise involved parachute drops, mock invasions, air-to-ground and ground-to-air maneuvers and a port defense exercise here.

The Ketchikan portion of the exercise included the use of some Atlantic bottle-nosed dolphins that were used to help defenders repel opposing forces. The aggressor troops included some U.S. Marines and Navy Seals, who were successful in reaching the perimeter several times. But they were less successful as the mock battle went on, said Lt. Cmdr. Ray Massey. He said the dolphins were able to detect swimmers approaching a headquarters ship.

The dolphins also were a big hit with children during outreach programs at Ketchikan schools, Massey said.

Northern Edge involved more than 10,000 Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine, Coast Guard, reserve and Alaska National Guard personnel. Along with Ketchikan, troops were deployed near Elmendorf and Eielson Air Force bases.

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