Royal Navy aviators are raising funds to bring a stray puppy they befriended while deployed in Montenegro home to the UK.
Aircrew and engineers from 845 Naval Air Squadron took in the pooch during a storm and named her ‘KT’.
KT was very fond of cable ties and would spend all day around the Merlin helicopter while work was carried out to replace the engine at Podgorica Military Air Base.
The navy fliers were back on operations after four days of repairs but did not going to forget about their new four-legged friend.
They now plan to bring her home to their base at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset and make her the squadron’s mascot.
“Before leaving Montenegro a few of us got in touch with a local charity and also liaised with a few of the Montenegro Air Force (MAF) pilots about getting her back to the UK and giving her a proper home,” said Petty Officer ‘Frank’ Stapleton of 845 Naval Air Squadron.
“As she wasn’t scared of noisy aircraft, having spent her short life so far on an airfield which happened to be the home of the MAF and the international airport for Montenegro, we feel she’ll be right at home on 845 NAS.”
He added: “We have set up a go fund me page and have already raised over £1,000.
“We believe with will probably take somewhere close to £2,000 to fully vaccinate her and transport her back to the UK.
“She is currently with a Montenegrin dog foster family organised by the charity that we have vetted, and has already started receiving the required medical treatment and care needed to pass customs.”