Working dogs are man’s best friend in Afghanistan
102 Military Working Dog (MWD) Squadron has recently taken over the vital role of commanding the Theatre Military Working Dog Support Unit in Afghanistan on Operation HERRICK 15.
The squadron is responsible for the deployment, care and welfare of over 80 military working dogs.
The dogs provide security at operating bases and help with the detection of improvised explosive devices, allowing troops the freedom of movement to conduct counter-insurgency operations.
The benefits of military working dogs are widely recognised across Defence, with 102 MWD Squadron being responsible for training and deploying a two-fold increase in detection dog capability for Op HERRICK 15.
Normally handled by the Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC) and Royal Air Force Police, 102 MWD Squadron will be the first squadron responsible for commanding infantry soldiers that have been specially selected and trained to handle IED detection dogs.
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