Defence's first explosive detection dogs graduate on Wednesday at Trentham.
Four defence force dog handlers and five dogs have been involved in a 12-week courseat the Police dog training centre.
Defence says the new capability will see explosive detection dog teams broaden existing force protection measures by providing support in overseas operations.
It says some of the team are expected to deploy shortly to Afghanistan or be involved in exercises within New Zealand.
The graduation will include a short parade and a demonstration where dogs will detect hidden explosives.