GALVESTON, Texas -

A dog who detects explosives for the U.S. Coast Guard retired after nine years of service.

A retirement ceremony took place Monday morning in Galveston for Ferro, a Belgian Malinois.

Petty Officer 1st Class Shane Coleman has been Ferro's handler for the dog's entire career. After the retirement, Ferro was adopted by Coleman and his wife.

Lt. Cmdr. Chad Holm, the commanding officer of Galveston's Maritime Safety and Security Team, said the partnership between Coleman and Ferro is an example of using "traditional capabilities to effectively combat modern security threats in our nation's ports."