Mine Warfare Conference

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Mine detection and disposal is still often done by human divers and even dolphins.

At this year's conference, one of the big themes is taking the mammals away from danger.

The Navy is trying to move towards unmanned vehicles and aircraft, effectively moving their sailors out of the minefield. Many of the devices on display were developed at the Navy base. They use sonar to detect mines from the water or air and in some cases can destroy them.

Attendees have come from all over the world and several Navy “big whigs” came to speak. Officials say holding the conference in Panama City is a no brainer.

Radm. William Landay says, “It's where an awful lot of our research and development work goes on in countering mines and mine operations, so it’s an appropriate place for us to come down to do this mine warfare conference.”

Speakers also pushed to make combating mine warfare a priority in defense spending. The conference will run through Thursday.

The Navy base is a research, development and training base for mine, amphibious and special warfare, and diving.