The United States Navy has launched the first in a series of dog carriers. The USS Rover is able to launch fifty dogs an hour at enemy targets as far as seventy five miles away.
It joins a fleet of Cat-a-Boats which can launch a cat a minute for up to 55 minutes at a range of twenty nine nautical miles. Both dog carriers and Cat-a-Boats are operating off the coast of southern Afghanistan.
The low pitched howl of an incoming dog or the equally annoying, high-pitched screech of a launched cat is a terrifying sound for any enemy combatant, but is especially so for those we are fighting at the moment.
"You launch a barrage of howling Afghan hounds at Afghanies and you'll get quite a reaction." explained Major General Howzitz of the Northern Command and Dog Pound. "Those big dogs really pack a punch."
Just how big of a punch? Prisoner Of War, Aymara Hussein Gimca, of Club Gitmo tells of one incident where he and another combatant had sought shelter in a Yurt during an American assault: "We were cowering in a corner of this bombed out hut when our friend hurries in with severe bites on his legs."
"What's going on?" I asked. He said: "It's brutal out there ! It's raining cats and dogs and I just stepped in a poodle!"