Charlton onboard HMS Diamond
Navy

Canine Cargo: Training Exercise With A Difference Off Cyprus Coast

Charlton is a drug detection dog, and he carried out a search for drugs in a simulated exercise. 

Charlton onboard HMS Diamond

Charlton the dog was involved in a simulated exercise on board the ship (Picture: MOD).

HMS Diamond got the chance to carry out an unusual training exercise when Charlton hopped aboard.

Charlton is a drug detection dog, and he carried out a search for drugs in a simulated exercise. 

His trainer Natalie emphasised how this sort of training is not a regular occurrence for her or Charlton:

"We don't usually get this type of opportunity.

"It was a great piece of environmental training for us both, working on board ship is a rare occurrence for us and it was a hugely beneficial exercise."

Charlton onboard HMS Diamond
Natalie giving Charlton a helping hand - steep steps can be tricky for a dog (Picture: MOD).

HMS Diamond anchored off the coast of Cyprus where they went ashore to work alongside the RAF Air Component Command. 

It also gave them a chance to pick up supplies to help them continue their mission.

The ship has been helping NATO track air movements in the Gulf region, in the ongoing fight against so-called Islamic State.

Charlton onboard HMS Diamond
Canine Cargo! The crew helping Charlton on board!