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Midlands Army dogs prepare for Afghanistan

Two of the soldiers and their dogs preparing to deploy Photo: ITV News Central

A Midlands-based unit of army dogs and their handlers is heading out to Afghanistan for a six-month tour of duty.

104 Military Working Dog Unit will leave St George's Barracks in North Luffenham, Rutland in the coming days.

A dog training Credit: ITV News Central

Around 50 soldiers and dogs are deploying to Helmand Province to join 40 colleagues already out there. Their job will be to search for explosives and protect patrols as British troops continue to train Afghan forces in preparation for the transition of security responsibilities.

Major Ian Razzell, the unit's commanding officer Credit: ITV News Central

For half the soldiers, it will be their first tour of duty. Most have now said their fond farewells to family and friends before flying out to their base at Camp Bastion.

A protection dog in action Credit: ITV News Central