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23-January-2018
23-January-2018
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The plaque commemorates Xena, an explosives detection dog, who served with the Australian Defence Forces in Afghanistan.

Following an inauspicious start to life in the military, Xena proved her true worth serving in Afghanistan. A Malinois (Belgian Shepherd), Xena was the runt of the litter in an RAAF breeding program. Deemed too timid to have a future as an attack dog, her future was uncertain. She was allocated to a trainer, however her high energy levels caused havoc and her next transfer was to the pound. There she was selected for basic training as an EDD (explosive detection dog) at the School of Military Engineering RAE (SME) and attached to the Special Operations Engineering Regiment (SOER). In 2012 Xena undertook a tour of Afghanistan. Her intelligence and high energy levels were ideal assets. Her focus, skills and canine instincts contributed to the detection of many Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and caches of explosives, weapons and ammunition. 

 Xena returned safely from Afghanistan in 2012, and continued to serve with a new handler. She retired from active duty in 2014.

Location

Address:Cecilia Street, Memorial Park, St Helens, 7216
State:TAS
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -41.322448
Long: 148.249477
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Culture
Sub-Theme:Animals

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:2011
Front Inscription

In memory of Xena
EDD 399

Explosive Detection Dog (retired)

2011

Lest We Forget

Source: MA
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