Saying goodbye at the sub base

Katja, a 10-year-old female military working dog, jumps into the arms of her handler of the past four years, MA2 Trevor Houseknecht of the Naval Submarine Base New London, prior to a retirement and adoption ceremony Thursday for two dogs, Katja and Valdo, assigned to the security department of the base. The ceremony was held at the Submarine Force Library and Museum in Groton. Katja will be adopted by Capt. Carl Lahti, base commanding officer, and his family, including his wife, Lisa, second from right, and daughters Rebekah, right, 8, and Katheryn, left, 6. Valdo will be adopted by Lt. Edgar Tovar, base security officer.
Katja, a 10-year-old female military working dog, jumps into the arms of her handler of the past four years, MA2 Trevor Houseknecht of the Naval Submarine Base New London, prior to a retirement and adoption ceremony Thursday for two dogs, Katja and Valdo, assigned to the security department of the base. The ceremony was held at the Submarine Force Library and Museum in Groton. Katja will be adopted by Capt. Carl Lahti, base commanding officer, and his family, including his wife, Lisa, second from right, and daughters Rebekah, right, 8, and Katheryn, left, 6. Valdo will be adopted by Lt. Edgar Tovar, base security officer. Tim Martin/The Day Buy Photo

Katja, a 10-year-old female military working dog, jumps into the arms of her handler of the past four years, MA2 Trevor Houseknecht of the Naval Submarine Base New London, prior to a retirement and adoption ceremony Thursday for two dogs, Katja and Valdo, assigned to the security department of the base. The ceremony was held at the Submarine Force Library and Museum in Groton. Katja will be adopted by Capt. Carl Lahti, base commanding officer, and his family, including his wife, Lisa, second from right, and daughters Rebekah, right, 8, and Katheryn, left, 6. Valdo will be adopted by Lt. Edgar Tovar, base security officer.

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