Australian National Flag : Major K Tyrrell, Australian Security Detachment 9 (Baghdad)

Unit Security Detachment (SECDET) Baghdad
Place Middle East: Iraq
Accession Number REL37839
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Flag
Physical description Metal, Nylon, Synthetic
Maker Evan Evans Flags
Place made Australia
Date made c 2003
Conflict Iraq, 2003-2013

Blue ensign flag which is made up of three sections and is sewn across the centre and down along the Union Jack. Each of the stars is machine stitched onto the flag. The flag has a white hoist and nylon cord with a pair of Inglefield suspension clips. The front of the lower hoist is printed with the maker's details which also incorporates the date, 2 April 2003 in which the then Chief of Army Major General Cosgrove made the presentation of the flag.

History / Summary

This blue ensign flag was collected by Major Kyle Tyrell who was deployed to Iraq in March 2006 as the Officer Commanding Australian Security Detachment 9 – Baghdad (SECDET IX) for six 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.