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4:38 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Are Whales At Risk From Navy Sonar Training Plans?

This harbor porpoise was one of nearly a dozen found dead in the wake of a naval sonar exercise in Washington State in 2003.
Credit Center for Whale Research

A bid to renew permits for naval exercises along the Northwest coast raises concerns about the impact of sonar on marine mammals

Active sonar is the Navy’s best weapon to detect the presence of hostile submarines. But that same powerful underwater pulse of sound can harm or even kill whales and other marine mammals. Now, the Navy is seeking permission to continue using a huge swath of the Northwest coast – from northern California to the Canadian border -- for a wide range of naval training and practice, including sonar. The Navy says it’s taking precautions, but others say it’s not enough.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 4, 2013
12:41 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

The Rise Of American Naval Power On "The Shining Sea"

Credit Basic Books

George C. Daughan talks about the obscurity of the War of 1812 and one of its best naval captains.

"Don't give up the ship," Navy Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry said during the War of 1812. 

Fellow Navy man David Porter did not heed the advice.  But Porter is the man historian George Daughan chose to profile in his book The Shining Sea. 

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