We have all been rightfully praising the troop of 79 Navy SEALs who took out Osama bin Laden, but there’s someone very important that we’ve all been leaving out: the U.S. military dog of war.
According to the New York Times, a dog was involved in the raid on the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, dropped into battle while strapped to the chest of one of the SEALs. But military canines are nothing new, and reportedly a dog helped to capture Saddam Hussein as well.
Most likely this dog was a Belgian Malinois, though there are rumors that it may also have been a German Shepherd. All military dogs go through extensive training (like their human counterparts) where they are trained to wear oxygen masks for high-altitude skydives, outfitted with body armor that can withstand rounds of hot shrapnel and infrared nighttime cameras, and their teeth are replaced with titanium fangs so they can tear through the enemies protective armor.
So, essentially, these are real life robo dogs.
Not only can these dogs locate bombs, but they have been trained to sniff out enemy troops from up to 2 miles away.
“The capability they bring to the fight cannot be replicated by man or machine,” said General David H. Petraeus, calling for the use of more dogs.
Looks like dogs really are mans best friend.