Wednesday, 30 November 2011

What's black and tan and looks good on a terrorist?

I try not to plagiarise and always give credit where it is due but this time I can't find the original author. The below photos were sent to me via a much forwarded E mail and I found it so interesting I thought I'd post it up. As an animal lover who worked very closely with the Dog Section during my police career in general duties, tactical firearms and counter-terrorist search, I have a big soft spot for them (which got nipped a few times) and great respect for their handlers.
The below text and photo captions are not mine so cannot be verified. I rarely use the word `awesome` but in this case I'd concur with it's use.
Just a thought, I wonder if anyone from the Home Office has done a cost evaluation and feasibility study to see if a canine can attend a burglary with a cam/corder and take a report from the victim? But then again this is not a good example, as police don't tend to be sent to these jobs as much these days, anyway.  

I ought to add this link on PTSD, with a tip of the hat to Roger Fortier

When President Obama went to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, for a highly publicized, but very private meeting with the commando team that killed Osama bin Laden, only one of the 81 members of the super-secret SEAL DevGru unit was identified by name: Cairo, the war dog.

Cairo, like most canine members of the elite U.S. Navy SEALs, is a Belgian
Malinois. The Malinois breed is similar to German shepherds but smaller and More compact, with an adult male weighing in the 30-kilo range.

(German shepherds are still used as war dogs by the American military but The lighter, stubbier Malinois is considered better for the tandem Parachute jumping and rappelling operations often undertaken by SEAL teams.
Labrador retrievers are also favored by various military organizations around the world

Like their human counterparts, the dog SEALs are highly trained, highly
Skilled, highly motivated special ops experts, able to perform
Extraordinary military missions by SEa, Air and Land (thus the acronym).

The dogs, equipped with video cameras, also enter certain danger zones
First, allowing their handlers to see what’s ahead before humans follow.
As I mentioned before, SEAL dogs are even trained parachutists, jumping Either in tandem with their handlers or solo, if the jump is into water.
Last year canine parachute instructor Mike Forsythe and his dog Cara set The world record for highest man-dog parachute deployment, jumping from more than 30,100 feet up — the altitude transoceanic passenger jets fly at.
Both Forsythe and Cara were wearing oxygen masks and skin protectors for The jump.
Here’s a photo from that jump, taken by Andy Anderson for K9 Storm Inc. (more about those folks shortly).

When the SEAL DevGru team (usually known by its old designation, Team 6) Hit bin Laden’s Pakistan compound on May 2, Cairo ’s feet would have been Four of the first on the ground.
And like the human SEALs, Cairo was wearing super-strong, flexible body Armor and outfitted with high-tech equipment that included “doggles” —
Specially designed and fitted dog goggles with night-vision and infrared Capability that would even allow Cairo to see human heat forms through Concrete walls.
Now where on earth would anyone get that kind of incredibly niche hi-tech Doggie gear?
From Winnipeg , of all places.
Jim and Glori Slater’s Manitoba hi-tech mom-and-pop business, K9 Storm Inc., has a deserved worldwide reputation for designing and manufacturing
Probably the best body Armor available for police and military dogs.
Working dogs in 15 countries around the world are currently protected by Their K9 Storm body Armor.

Jim Slater was a canine handler on the Winnipeg Police Force when he Crafted a Kevlar protective jacket for his own dog, Olaf, in the mid-1990s.
Soon Slater was making body Armor for other cop dogs, then the Canadian Military and soon the world.
The standard K9 Storm vest also has a load-bearing harness system that Makes it ideal for tandem rappelling and parachuting.

And then there are the special hi-tech add-ons that made the K9 Storm Especially appealing to the U.S. Navy SEALs, who bought four of K9 Storm Inc.’s top-end Intruder “canine tactical assault suits” last year for $86,000. You can be sure Cairo was wearing one of those four suits when he
Jumped into bin Laden’s lair.
Here’s an explanation of all the K9 Storm Intruder special features:

The U.S. Military currently has about 2,800 active-duty dogs
Deployed around the world, with roughly 600 now in Afghanistan and Iraq .
Several of the photos I have included here are from Foreign Policy, as you Will see. Other photos are from K9 Storm Inc.


CI-Roller Dude said...

A dog is always loyal, never corrupt, won't steal (unless you leave your sandwich where they can reach it) doesn't get drunk (too often) doesn't argue and will do what it's told and die for it's master.

Hogdayafternoon said...

Dude: Can't even expect that from a wife (well my first one anyway)

Anonymous said...

And if you lock your wife in the boot of your car or your dog who will be the more pleased when you let them out?

Hogdayafternoon said...

@Ex: Well if it was my former wife that would be too easy to call.

Anonymous said...

I think my Lab has been reading your blog Hoggie - he's started pouncing on me from a tallboy when I'm not up in time for the morning walk. Can you fix him up with a transfer to the airbourne unit?

Hogdayafternoon said...

ACO: Don't let him near any George Orwell then or he'll have you dressed as a lackey and serving him his dinner (oh wait, you already do that).

JuliaM said...

I remember seeing, over at Gadget's a while ago, a video of some Eastern European police force's dogs in action.

They were mastiffs of some sort, crossed with kangaroos, I think, because instead of going for the arm, they bounced straight up at the face!

Could have done with a few of those over here during the riots...

Hogdayafternoon said...

JuliaM: A moot point, dogs in public order situations. We went through a phase where it was considered a no no. From the micro perspective, I always felt that a good street dog and handler made me and my section feel like we'd got an extra ten pairs of boots on the ground. Trouble was in the counties that on nights, particularly in my town on the northwest frontier of the county, I had to call for a dog unit half an hour before I needed it (and I ain't clairvoyant) to allow for travelling time, assuming he wasn't deployed elsewhere first. I'm sure things are so much better these days.....

Roger Fortier said...

"Let slip the dogs of war" had to come from somewhere.

Hogdayafternoon said...

Roger: Aha, Will` Power:

I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. The game's afoot:
Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
Cry 'God for Harry, England, and Saint George!'

Blue Eyes said...

Merry Christmas Mr H!

Keep an eye out for me on the Crag Path on Boxing Day :-)

SCOTTtheBADGER said...


Hogdayafternoon said...

Blue, will do! Most def, although we're headed for Southwold.

Scott: Happy times in the sett!

Justthisguy said...

I'm a cat guy, m'self. One of my favorite SF stories is written from the viewpoint of a genetically-enhanced leopard. It is written by my favorite crazy Welshman, Michael Z. Williamson. The title is, "The Humans Call it Duty", I believe.

The humans don't have to bring food along for the uplifted leopard. He just eats the enemy humans after he kills them.