Army’s final salute to their old mate Ridgleigh Blue
THE Australian Army has said goodbye to a good boy, with their beloved blue heeler mascot retiring.
More than 600 soldiers from the 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment yesterday bid farewell to Sergeant Ridgleigh Blue III who had been in the service for nine years.
Major Bob Varcoe, the Batallion's second in command, said it was sad to see Blue go.
"But it would be unfair to keep him, he's getting on," Major Varcoe said. Blue, who will retire to a farm in South Australia, left big paw prints to fill, with two-month-old puppy Private Ridgley Blue IV enlisted into the mascot position.
The new recruit is expected to undergo behaviour training.
"It's great having a puppy around," Major Varcoe said.