Humphreys, Darryl Henry (Lieutenant)

Place Middle East: Persian Gulf
Accession Number AWM2019.405.1
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: 1 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Digital file
Maker Humphreys, Darryl Henry
Place made At sea
Date made 2004
Access Open
Conflict Iraq, 2003-2013
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the service of Lieutenant Darryl Henry Humphries, Royal Australian Navy Pilot, Persian Gulf, 2004, while deployed on Operation Catalyst during the Iraq War.

The collection consists of one email, donated digitally and also printed for ease of access. In his email, Humphries describes the role of HMAS Stuart's Seahawk helicopter, which he piloted, following terrorists attacks on oil terminals in the North Arabian Gulf that killed three US Navy service personnel from the USS Firebolt on 24 April 2004. He describes their involvement in search and rescue and medevac operations and details the actions of the Seahawk's sensor operator Leading Seaman Benjamin James Sime who entered the water to assist the wounded. Humphries also discusses the events in the days following the attacks including ANZAC Day, visits from political delegates and investigations of the incident.

In recognition of their performance during this event, Lieutenant Humphries was awarded a Commendation for Distinguished Service and Leading Seaman (later Warrant Officer) Sime was awarded the Medal of Gallantry.