Animals

Meet The Life-Saving RAF Dogs Awarded Animal OBEs

The two military working canines have completed more than 1,600 hours of operational searches across their six-year careers.

Two RAF military working dogs have received the animal equivalent of an OBE for their lifesaving work.

The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) Order of Merit has been given to English Spaniel, Alfie, and Labrador, AJ for their exemplary service, operating in dangerous environments locating arms, ammunitions and explosives with 4 RAF Police & Security Squadron between 2011 and 2017.

Now both happily retired, the pair were joined by Provost Marshal (RAF), Group Captain Wilkinson to formally present the awards.

The role of 4 RAF Police and Security Squadron is to provide a full-time operational capability, often in tough conditions, within the Squadron's Area of Operations.

Alfie, qualified as an Arms and Explosives Search Military Working Dog in April 2011 and worked with the Squadron until 1st July 2017.

AJ and Alfie received the honours for their years of service in dangerous environments (Picture: PDSA/RAF).

During his career, he completed over 600 hours of operational searching, resulting in four, live high-profile finds of either arms, ammunition, explosives, or bomb-making equipment.

AJ also impressed over his time with the squadron conducting over 1,000 search hours, resulting in eight live high-profile operational finds.

Group Captain David Wilkinson praised the dogs for the "huge difference" they had made with their contributions.

"I'm incredibly proud that they have been awarded the PDSA Order of Merit," he said.

"They really stand out amongst military working dogs across the Armed Services for their exceptional service and their dedication to duty over many years.

"AJ and Alfie have made a huge difference in their field of work, they can work at a tempo and a pace which can't be matched by humans and they also bring a total commitment and dedication to doing the job as well as they possibly can do."