CONTACT’s favourite military working dog Sprocket passed away on 19 September 2019, aged 10 years and two weeks.
FILE PHOTO (2012): EDD Sprocket in Afghanistan. Photo by Brian Hartigan.
1st Combat Engineer Regiment marked his passing with a heartfelt Facebook tribute…
Celebrating a hero’s life
EDD 516 Sprocket, 2 Sep 2009 – 19 Sep 2019
EDD Sprocket in action in Afghanistan. Video by Brian Hartigan.
Sprocket was an Australian Army Explosive Detection Dog (EDD) who deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 with handler, Sapper Andrew Main on Mentoring Task Force 5 for 1 CER. The pair were based out of Tarin Kowt and spent months patrolling and searching for IEDs, explosives, ammunition and weapon caches in the Afghan dust.
Sprocket was trained in 2011 by CPL Nathan Cooper, a former 1 CER EDD Section Commander. After commencing his Service at the School of Military Engineering, Sprocket spent his entire time as an EDD at 1 CER. Sprocket served in the Australian Army for six years before retirement in 2017.
Sprocket impacted the lives of many soldiers and was loved by those he served with, RIP old mate.
Say their name and they will never be forgotten – EDD 516 Sprocket.