THOSE MAGNIFICENT DOGS OF WAR
Osama bin Laden raid
Along with the commandos responsible for the raid into the compound of Osama bin Laden, was one highly trained, very excellent dog.
Most likely it was a German Shepherd, but his identity will not be released. His identity, just like the men he accompanied will be kept a secret. He parachuted down with his trainer wearing war gear. He was strapped to his trainer and once on the ground was released to sniff out bombs and explosives. He is trained to go first into the war zone and warn his master of impending danger.
Running silently and stealth fully these highly trained war dogs can squeeze into small areas, jump over hurdles and do some things their human counterparts cannot manage. These dogs are trained to wear high tech equipment, goggles for eye protection with oxygen masks for high altitude jumps, remote infrared cameras with which they can “show” what lies ahead and sometimes they wear ear buds so their trainer can continue giving commands when the dog is out of range.
They are also equipped with body armor to ward off bullets and knife attacks and should they loose a tooth, the military may replace them with titanium fangs at enormous cost, but very deadly should they bite.
Special vests ordered recently by the Navy seals for these dogs can cost over $20,000.00. These vests are waterproof and equipped with speakers and provide protection from bullets and shrapnel.
The US has approximately 2800 war dogs deployed. It is the largest group of canine war dogs in the world and it is growing because of the excellent service these dogs provide.