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Explosive Detection Dogs Memorial : 05-07-2013
Explosive Detection Dogs Memorial : 05-07-2013

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson

The monument commemorates the Explosive Detection Dogs, Merlin, Razz, Andy, Nova and Herbie who were killed in the line of duty between 2007 and 2010 during the Afghanistan conflict. 

Army Explosive Detection Dogs (EDD) provide support to the Australian Defence Force and Civilian Government Agencies in the detection of improvised explosive devices, explosives, ammunition and weapons.  EDD’s are trained to locate their targets - bombs, weapons, explosives - and communicate this to their handlers

In a corner of the Australian recreation area in Tarin Kot Afghanistan, a memorial was built following the deaths of Sapper Darren Smith and his dog, Herbie, in June 2010.

Andy, a two year old kelpie cross ,a member of the Special Operations Task Group (SOTG), was accidentally killed when struck by a vehicle within the Kamp Holland complex at Tarin Kowt.  Andy was laid to rest near the Kamp Holland kennel complex alongside fellow fallen Explosive Detection Dogs Merlin and Razz.

Nova a bomb detecting dog died in a car crash that was part of a military operation. Medics tried to save Nova but she was put down by the regimental medical officer. Heartbroken soldiers farewelled Nova as her coffin was loaded on board an Royal Australian Air Force cargo aeroplane for the flight back to Australia.




Address:Tinaburra Drive, Avenue of Honour , Yungaburra, 4884
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -17.250684
Long: 145.582786
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Culture
Actual Event Start Date:31-August-2007
Actual Event End Date:07-June-2010


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 22nd June, 2013
Front Inscription

I question not your commands
I follow faithfully wherever you go
I pledge my loyalty no matter what
I share the danger of your domain
and will readily lay down my life for yours ...
... for in this moment we are one

Dedicated to the Explosive Detection Dogs

Merlin / 437 EDD / KIA: 31-08-2007
Razz   / 409 EDD / KIA: 21-09-2007
Andy   / 452 EDD / KIA: 23-11-2007
Nova   / 472 EDD / KIA: 23-10-2009
Herbie / 476 EDD / KIA: 07-06-2010


Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au