2016 Australian Twenty Cent Coin - 'Anzac to Afghanistan' - Dogs at War
2016 20c Coin 'Anzac to Afghanistan' - Dogs at War
This NCLT 20 Cent coin pays tribute to the Dogs used by Australian Forces in various military operations. During the Vietnam War (1962-1972) the Australian Task Force operating in Phước Tuy Province used 11 Labrador-cross tracker dogs to follow up enemy blood trails.
In the dense jungle of South Vietnam , the Australian tracker dogs were outstandingly successful and ultimately saved the lives of Soldiers who may otherwise have strayed into an ambush. More recently in Afghanistan, where Australian soldiers encountered improvised explosive devices, dogs were used to sniff out hazardous areas searching for explosives ahead of an advancing patrol. The are also used to search for weapons, drugs and other contraband.