Central Command Area of Responsibility (Jan. 29, 2003) -- Zak, a 375-pound California sea lion, swims near some pier-side ships during one of many training swims taking place in the Central Command AOR. Zak is participating in the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Centers, Shallow Water Intruder Detection System (SWIDS) program. Zak has been trained to locate swimmers near piers, ships, and other objects in the water considered suspicious and a possible threat to military forces in the area. SWIDS program has been deployed as part of the continued effort to support missions under Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy Photograph by Photographers Mate First Class Brien Aho.
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