Sabi Spends Anzac Day In Afghanistan

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Issued by Ministerial Support and Public Affairs, Department of Defence, Canberra, ACT

Phone: 02 6127 1999, Fax: 02 6265 1545

MSPA 130/10

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Sabi spends Anzac Day in Afghanistan

Sabi – the Explosive Detection Dog found last year after she went missing for almost

14 months in Afghanistan – is continuing her service with the Special Operations

Task Group personnel as their unofficial mascot.


labrador, serving with the Australian Army, Sabi will join her two-legged

colleagues for an Anzac Dawn Service in Afghanistan.

She is currently living at Camp Russell in Tarin Kowt, where she remains under the

care of Special Operations Task Group.  She is a welcome and constant visitor to all

parts of the headquarters as she does her exercise rounds at Camp Russell on a daily


A veteran of two tours of Afghanistan, Sabi received a special honour by meeting the

Governor General, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, during her recent visit to


A veterinary assessment of Sabi’s exposure to diseases is yet to be completed.  If tests

prove negative, Sabi will return to Australia, following a period of quarantine in an

Australian Quarantine Inspection Service-approved country.

Australian Forces in Afghanistan will commemorate this Anzac Day with a traditional

dawn service and gun-fire breakfast.

New and archive images of Sabi available for download at 

Media contact: Defence Media Liaison: (02) 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664

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