Sunday, April 10, 2016

WATCH: Coast Guard K9s pass helicopter training in style

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. - Ricky and Evy are quite possibly the coolest K9s we've ever seen in action. 

The two dogs have been with the US Coast Guard since 2008. This week, they passed their helicopter proficiency training with the help of the California Air National Guard 129 Rescue Wing. 

These are some seriously rad dogs. Outfitted with canine eye and ear protection, the Belgian malinos dogs performed acclimation flights and several hoists from the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter on Thursday. 

In the video, you see Petty Officer 2nd Class Jordan Brosowsky and his K-9 Ricky, practicing 'vertical delivery proficiency hoist training' from the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers vessel John A.B. Dillard. It was posted online Tuesday.

The eye and ear protection helps protect the pups from rotor wash, sea spray, foreign debris and engine noise.
The Coast Guard routinely practices proficiency training with various military, state, and federal groups to make sure their teams can deploy from a variety of aircraft. 

The dogs get suited up and practice their skills monthly.

Ricky and Evy work with U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety & Security Team - 91105 out of San Francisco.

Just because it's so fun to watch:

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