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Andy, Army Explosive Detection Dog

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Defence Media Release
25 November 2007 MSPA 454/07

AFGHANISTAN SOLDIERS MOURN ‘ANDY’

Australian soldiers serving in southern Afghanistan are mourning the death of Explosive Detection Dog ‘Andy’ – a two-year-old Kelpie-cross.

‘Andy,’ a member of the Special Operations Task Group (SOTG), was accidentally killed when struck by a vehicle within the Kamp Holland complex at Tarin Kowt.

‘Andy’ will be laid to rest near the Kamp Holland kennel complex alongside fellow fallen Explosive Detection Dogs ‘Merlin’ and ‘Razz’.

Defence Spokesperson Brigadier Andrew Nikolić said ‘Andy’ was a recently qualified Explosive Detection Dog who finalised his training earlier this year.

Andy is the third Army Explosive Detection Dog to die on operations.

His death will be keenly felt by the soldiers in Oruzgan Province and the wider Royal Australian Engineers, particularly their specialist dog handlers.

Explosive Detection Dogs are used in a specialist search capacity to counter the threat of improvised explosive devices throughout Oruzgan Province.

The ADF retains an Explosive Detection Dog capability within the Reconstruction Task Force.

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