Fiji’s sniffer dogs train on HMNZS Hawea
07:25 Sat Aug 12, 2017
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Report by: Ritika Pratap
Sniffer dogs working with our Police and Customs staff – trained on the Royal New Zealand Navy Inshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS Hawea.
The dogs have been trained to detect drugs, weapons, ammunition and cash.
Military Liaison Officer for Hawea, Lieutenant Sam Wilson, says the canine officers were led around the ship to check compartments and manoeuvre around obstructions during a two-hour session.
While on the ship the dogs wore special booties – to protect their paws.
Wilson says this was the first time the dogs had been on a ship, so it was the perfect opportunity to expose them to a different environment.
Further canine training on the ship has being planned.
Around twenty Fiji Navy personnel have received training on Hawea, which completed its seventh fisheries patrol this week.
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