DPDU shirt : Major K Tyrrell, Australian Security Detachment 9 (Baghdad)

Unit Security Detachment (SECDET) Baghdad
Place Middle East: Iraq, Baghdad
Accession Number REL37828.001
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Plastic, Polyester cotton, Velcro
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made c 2005
Conflict Iraq, 2003-2013

Australian Defence Force issue long sleeved Disruptive Pattern Desert Uniform (DPDU) shirt. Above the right side shirt pocket is a 25 mm wide Velcro backed dark brown and bone coloured embroidered name tape with the name 'TYRRELL'. On the right upper sleeve is a Velcro backed khaki and bone machine embroidered badge featuring ‘AUSTRALIA’ surmounted by the Australian flag. On the upper left sleeve is a Velcro backed machine embroidered badge with a gunmetal grey embroidered border with a map of Iraq central and superimposed in gunmetal grey is the roman numerals IX, the badge has a bone background. The tunic has two shoulder slides which feature a black embroidered rank badge for Warrant Officer Class Two (WO2) on the pocket.

History / Summary

Major Kyle Tyrell was deployed to Iraq in March 2006 as the Officer Commanding Australian Security Detachment 9 – Baghdad (SECDET IX) and was deployed for 6 months. SECDET IX was responsible for protecting Australian Embassy personnel in Baghdad and contributing to the rehabilitation of Iraq. The SECDET team conducted over 80 operations supporting the Embassy staff in Baghdad’s ‘RED ZONE’. During his tour a number of significant events took place, such as contact with suspected insurgents resulting in one insurgent's death and injuries to others; and a rocket attack on the compound which housed SECDET IX on 14 August 2006 resulting in the injury of four Australian soldiers.