Australia — Security Detachment Home from Iraq

Aus­tralian Defence Force (ADF) mem­bers of Secu­ri­ty Detach­ment Sev­en­teen, known as SECDET XVII, returned home to Aus­tralia today after a suc­cess­ful eight-month deploy­ment to Iraq.

The 33-mem­ber team was deployed as part of Oper­a­tion KRUGER, the ADF’s con­tri­bu­tion to the pro­vi­sion of secu­ri­ty and sup­port for the Aus­tralian Embassy and its staff in Bagh­dad.

A parade was held at the Aus­tralian Bagh­dad Embassy on 14 May 11 to trans­fer respon­si­bil­i­ty to the new rota­tion, SECDET Eigh­teen (XVIII), from the Bris­bane-based 1st Mil­i­tary Police Bat­tal­ion.

Com­man­der of Aus­tralian Forces in the Mid­dle East, Major Gen­er­al Angus Camp­bell, said that the mem­bers of SECDET XVII had accom­plished their mis­sion of sup­port­ing Aus­tralian diplo­mats.

“Although secu­ri­ty in Bagh­dad is improv­ing, it’s essen­tial our Embassy staff are pro­tect­ed while under­tak­ing their impor­tant duties,” Major Gen­er­al Camp­bell said.

“Your con­tri­bu­tion in pro­vid­ing secu­ri­ty has been invalu­able to the suc­cess­ful Aus­tralian diplo­mat­ic mis­sion in Iraq.”

The ADF has been pro­vid­ing secu­ri­ty to the Aus­tralian Embassy in Bag­dad for eight years.

Dur­ing the deploy­ment, SECDET XVII sup­port­ed more than 1127 secu­ri­ty activ­i­ties for Embassy staff, aver­ag­ing five sep­a­rate tasks per day.

The detach­ment was raised by the 2nd Cav­al­ry Reg­i­ment in Dar­win and com­prised per­son­nel drawn from sev­en units across the Army and Air Force.

Offi­cer Com­mand­ing SECDET XVII, Major Shaun Richards, said his unit had con­tin­ued the achieve­ments of pre­vi­ous deploy­ments and built on Defence’s rep­u­ta­tion for pro­fes­sion­al ser­vice in sup­port of its For­eign Affairs part­ners.

“Our efforts in pro­vid­ing secu­ri­ty to the Aus­tralian Embassy in a dif­fi­cult envi­ron­ment have allowed the diplo­mat­ic effort to suc­ceed in its mis­sion to pro­mote Australia’s nation­al inter­ests.” Major Richards said.

SECDET XVII arrive home in Aus­tralia on Thurs­day, 19 May 11.

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Aus­tralia

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