Thank you Nova

The Age - An Australian Army dog has been killed in Afghanistan. Nova, the bomb detecting dog, died in a car crash that was part of a training operation.

A statement from the Department of Defence said medics tried to save Nova but she was put down by the regimental medical officer.

Heartbroken soldiers farewelled Nova as her coffin was loaded on board an RAAF cargo plane for the flight back to Australia. Commanding officer Peter Connolly said the loss of Nova had been keenly felt.

‘‘Explosive detection dogs are a critical asset in our fight against improvised explosive devices. The dogs save countless lives,’’ Lieutenant Colonel Connolly said in a statement.

Nova will be cremated.

May she be in a place filled with meaty bones, open spaces, friends, belly-rubs and balls flying around everywhere.

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