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

Unit Security Detachment (SECDET) Baghdad
Place Middle East: Iraq, Baghdad
Accession Number REL37828.002
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Plastic, Polyester cotton
Maker Can't Tear 'Em Pty Ltd
Place made Australia
Date made 2005
Conflict Iraq, 2003-2013

Standard Australian Defence Force issue Disruptive Pattern Desert Uniform (DPDU) trousers. There are two pockets on either thigh secured by a pair of bone coloured plastic buttons with internal pockets at the hip. One pocket is located at the rear with a bone coloured button for fastening. The base of the trousers has an elastic string with toggle fastener. The fly zipper is made from nylon and there is a faded manufacturers label on the inside right of the trousers. The internal label reads 'CAN'T TEAR 'EM VIC. 2005 / BROAD ARROW / Spec. no: ARMY (AUST.) 6542 / 8415-66-148-9902 / SIZE 95R / NAME: / SERVICE No: / 75% COTTON 25% POLYESTER / HOT MACHINE WASH 40c / RINSE WELL. WARM IRON / DO NOT STARCH / DO NOT BLEACH / MAY BE TUMBLED DRY AT 40c / MADE IN AUSTRALIA'. 'TYRRELL' is written in blue ink inside the back of the trousers.

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.