‘Nam’ joins Army’s mine team | Daily News

‘Nam’ joins Army’s mine team

Brigadier A. N Amarasekera receiving the dog from the MDD trainer, Adis Pelto.
Brigadier A. N Amarasekera receiving the dog from the MDD trainer, Adis Pelto.

The Mine Detection Dog (MDD) fleet of the Humanitarian De-Mining Unit (HDU) of the Engineer Brigade received a four-year-old dog, ‘Nam,’ of the Belgian Malinois breed with the patronage of the US-based Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) at the Boo Oya Engineer Brigade Headquarters recently.

Brigadier A. N Amarasekera, Commander, Engineer Brigade of the Army received the dog from the MDD trainer, Adis Pelto after exchanging respective documents. Senior officers were also present on the occasion. This was an initiative taken jointly by the Army Commander, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake and the Chief Field Engineer.

Born in Bosnia on May 15, 2015, ‘Nam’ had been serving in the mine-infested northern Iraq as a member of the MDD team before she was brought down to Sri Lanka with Pelto, thereby increasing the Army’s MDD fleet to eight dogs.

According to the Engineer Brigade, around 25.61 sq km area is yet to be cleared by the HDU of the Army. 


 

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