Killed in anti-terror op, Army canine Axel will get gallantry award


A two-year-old Army canine named Axel who was killed within the line of responsibility in Jammu and Kashmir on July 30 whereas collaborating in a search operation with a Rashtriya Rifles Battalion has been posthumously awarded the gallantry award Mention-in-Despatches.

In current years this is able to be the very best gallantry award that an Army Dog has obtained for providers rendered in Counter Insurgency operations. Appreciation awards akin to Chief of Army Staff Commendation Card and Vice Chief of Army Staff Commendation Card, which lie beneath gallantry awards like Mention-in-Despatch, have been generally awarded to Army canine for his or her excellence in responsibility in counter insurgency operations.

The canine handlers, common Army troopers, are eligible for the gallantry medals and have been awarded Shaurya Chakra and Sena Medal for gallantry whereas collaborating in operations with their canine. Mention-in-Despatches can also be a gallantry award which is given in struggle time actions and in counter insurgency operations for providers rendered past the decision of responsibility.

Axel was serving within the 26 Army Dog Unit within the Kashmir valley and was deployed in a search mission throughout an anti-terror operation being carried out by the 29 Rashtriya Rifles. While he was clearing the rooms the place suspected terrorists had been holed up, one of many terrorists in hiding fired at him resulting in deadly accidents. A subsequent put up mortem of Axel carried out on the 54 Army Veterinary Hospital revealed that he had greater than ten bullet wounds and a fracture of the femur.
Axel was honoured at a ceremony held by HQs 10 Sector Rashtriya Rifles the place wreaths had been laid by the General Officer Commanding Kilo Force of Rashtriya Rifles and different senior officers. He was later buried within the unit grounds of 26 Army Dog Unit.

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In an announcement made within the Parliament in 2019, the Minister of State for Defence had revealed that the Army had 25 full canine models and two half models. A full canine unit contains 24 canine and a half unit has 12 of them.

The Indian Army has varied breeds of canine in its canine models. These embrace Labradors, German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois and Great Mountain Swiss Dogs. Axel was reportedly a Belgian Malinois breed canine.

There are a wide range of duties that are carried out by Army Dogs and these embrace guard responsibility, patrolling, sniffing explosives together with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), mine detection, sniffing contraband objects together with medicine, assaulting potential targets, avalanche particles detection in addition to taking part in search operations to find hiding fugitives and terrorists. Each Army Dog has a canine handler with him who’s chargeable for the well-being of the canine as additionally to information it by way of the assorted duties that he’s to carry out.


In the United Kingdom, the very best award for animals in navy or police service is the PDSA Dickin Medal. It was instituted in 1943 by Maria Dickin, founding father of People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) for any animal displaying conspicuous gallantry and devotion to responsibility whereas serving with British armed forces or civil emergency providers. The bronze Dickin Medal is embossed with phrases ‘For Gallantry” on one facet and “We Also Serve” on the opposite.

In the US, there’s a Medal of Bravery which is awarded to animals and has been instituted in 2019. The US additionally has a Ok-9 Medal of braveness which has been instituted by the American Humane Association.