A hero dog who served with the Australian Special Air Service Regiment has received the animals’ Victoria Cross for his remarkable actions while on duty in Afghanistan in 2011.
Special Operations Military Working Dog Kuga was posthumously awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal at a special ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
Kuga is the first Australian dog to receive the prestigious medal in its 75-year history.
Belgian Malinois, Kuga has been posthumously recognised for his actions during Operation Slipper. He indicated the presence of an enemy ambush, concealed among trees alongside a river. He swam into the river to apprehend the enemy and was shot five times.
Despite his injuries, Kuga swam back across the river when recalled by his handler, who gave him emergency first aid and requested a helicopter medical evacuation for him.