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Military dogs at work in Helmand

April 11, 2012

Two Army dog handlers have been providing security for British forces in Helmand for the past month by searching vehicles entering ISAF bases for weapons and explosives.

Military dogs and their handlers

Private Kathleen Griffiths with protection dog Vinco and Lance Corporal Sophie Mitchell with search dogs Flake and Trough. Picture: Corporal Andy Reddy RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012

Lance Corporal Sophie Mitchell, aged 27, and Private Kathleen Griffiths, 21, are working with search dogs Flake and Trough, and protection dog Vinco at Main Operating Base Price. Their job involves them providing vital protection to the UK, International Security assistance Force (ISAF) and Afghan troops who operate in the Nahr-e Saraj area of Helmand province.

While Pte Griffiths keeps watch over the area with protection dog Vinco, a five-year-old German Shepherd, LCpl Mitchell handles search dogs Fluke and Trough – both three-year-old spaniels, as they search trucks and cars looking to gain access to the base.

While both handlers and Fluke have been in Afghanistan for about a month. Vinco has a bit more experience having been in Afghanistan for a year already.

Continues at: mod.uk – Military dogs at work in Helmand

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  1. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    April 11, 2012 22:21

    Dogs, our friends! never this phrase has been so real as on war’s theatre. Dogs may advert presence of IED and aid soldiers to avoid loss of live or arts. They are also friends when, present a PTSD, they aid wounded warriors and veterans to win their war againts the invisible wound.They, also, only to have not stigma towards this helt problems. A thanks is a little word, dogs,for exprime aour thoughts. claudio Alpaca

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