It was a poignant day in Sennelager as the last regiment from the Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC) said farewell to the place that the 1st Military Working Dog Regiment has called home for seven years.
Although they are now the only operational unit in the RAVC, they aren’t the first to be based here. In fact, the Royal Army Veterinary Corps first came to Sennelager in November 1945, and since then have formed strong links to the local community.
1st Military Working Dog Regiment is one of the final units to leave British Forces Germany. The regiment's colonel commandant, Brigadier Rowley Walker gave them a final inspection on the parade square, in weather that matched the sober feeling.
The posting to Germany has given soldiers many opportunities, including fantastic European travel right on their doorstep. But while it is the end of the Regiment being based here, Brigadier Walker sees only the dogs and handlers going from strength to strength in their new home, North Luffenham.
Before marching off the parade square, the regiment was presented with the Fahnenband - a silk banner in the German national colours of black, red and gold.
As the clouds began to clear, the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas played the ultimate in doggy tunes and the soldiers and officers left the square.