DPDU Bush hat : Sub Lieutenant J Flood, RAN Clearance Diving Team 3

Accession Number REL31404
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Headdress
Physical description Cotton, Plastic, Terry towelling
Maker S.O.S. Marine
Place made Australia
Date made November 2002
Conflict Iraq, 2003-2013

Mark III (Iraq pattern) Disruptive Pattern Desert Uniform (DPDU) bush hat. The hat has a wide circular brim and an oval shaped crown which is worn fore and aft. A band stitched around the outside of the crown at 40 mm intervals creates loops for the insertion of camouflage materials. Inside, the crown of the hat and the front section of the headband are lined with pale brown absorbent towelling and a maker's label with the size marking 'MED' is sewn into the rear. The hat has a white cotton cord with a black plastic toggle attached.

History / Summary

Issued to Sub Lieutenant Jai Flood, a member of Royal Australian Navy Clearance Diving Team Three. AUSCDT THREE was deployed in support of Operation Falconer in February 2003. In early March, they took up residence at the Kuwait Naval Base on the coast not far from Kuwait city, where they engaged in equipment preparation and training, and on the morning of 24 March, they crossed the border into Iraq. Headquarters and accommodation were established at the old port of Umm Qasr where AUSCDT THREE divers quickly located a sunken minelayer with four live mines onboard. The team also participated in the clearing of ordinance from within the town itself. Umm Qasr was declared open on 9 April, and AUSCDT THREE immediately moved twenty kilometres further north, to the port of Khawr Az Zubayr. This port was also cleared in conjunction with other coalition dive teams, and explosive ordnance disposal patrols on the Al Faw peninsula were undertaken.