RAF Lossiemouth have welcomed a new mascot in the form of Military Working Dog ‘Dee’.
His new rank of Sergeant was made official when he was presented with his brand new mascot’s coat by Station Commander, Group Captain Paul Godfrey.
As an important member of the team and a very good boy, Dee will now appear at appropriate official occasions.
Springer Spaniel Dee was born in the Netherlands in 2011, joined the British Armed Forces at just 16 months old.
He began his military career as an Arms and Explosives Search Dog, and as an integral part of RAF Police Search handlers locating the presence of explosive devices, firearms and ammunition.
But tragedy struck in 2014 when, during a routine exercise, Dee ruptured a ligament in his front leg.
A plate had to be fitted to the area so that he could continue happily in his doggy antics.
Unfortunately, despite handler Corporal Adam Renison’s hopes that Dee would be able to return to active Service, his leg never fully recovered, and it was decided that it would be amputated.
But it wasn’t all bad. Despite no longer being able to fulfil an operational role, Dee was deemed too special to leave the force.
“Dee has such a relaxed and happy personality that he helps Treacle, another of our working dogs, to de-stress in the kennels after her duties. So whilst we can keep Dee in the kennels here at RAF Lossiemouth we will do.”
Adam had to do a bit of research into military regulation, but it was soon decided that Dee would officially join the mess. He added:
“Dee now has her own service number, a jacket for formal occasions, and his own bowl in the Mess. I’ll make sure he respects all of the military rules and regulations when attending any formal functions. And I’m sure he will just be his usual happy self and not let his rank go to his head.”