Whether as a mascot or pet or a stray in need of assistance, animals have always had a special place in the hearts of military troops.
In honour of National Cat Day and inspired by the US Naval Institute‘s historical images of cats in the sea services, we assembled some of the most adorable photos of military personnel and their animals.
Minnie the Cat
Maverick’s first co-pilot
A devil dog and his helmet cat
Who has the best poker face?
The battle cat of Bunker Hill
It’s a Marine thing, apparently
Feeding cats: a military tradition
Giving her best battle cry
Saved from the shell
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