Mumbai: Two explosive sniffing dogs, named Minki and Mukti, trained to sniff out explosives, were slithered down from a naval helicopter onto the offshore oil platform Neelam as part of a simulated bomb threat during the recently concluded Exercise Prasthan and Sea Vigil.
In a first for the Indian Navy, clearance divers of the Western Naval Command slithered down onto the oil rig platform with the two dogs. The dogs then proceeded to do their job of sniffing out IEDs.
The maiden slithering of explosive sniffing Dogs with their handlers and equipment laden technicians onboard offshore platforms has proved the Navy's reach and response in swift deployability to neutralise bomb/IED threats.
In recognition of this outstanding feat, the explosive sniffing dog Mukti, and her handler SK Bishoyi, Sea I CD, were commended by the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command on February 11.