Australia/Iraq — Brisbane soldiers return from Iraq deployment

Six­ty five sol­diers from the Aus­tralian Defence Force’s Secu­ri­ty Detach­ment Six­teen (SECDET XVI) returned home to Bris­bane today after their suc­cess­ful deploy­ment rota­tion to Iraq.

The sol­diers from 2/14 Light Horse Reg­i­ment (Queens­land Mount­ed Infantry), were 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.

The Enog­ger­ra based sol­diers were wel­comed home by fam­i­ly and friends.

The Chief of Joint Oper­a­tions, Lieu­tenant Gen­er­al Mark Evans, com­mend­ed the Offi­cer Com­mand­ing, SECDET XVI, Major Allan Ham­ley and his sol­diers who com­plet­ed more than 1400 diplo­mat­ic tasks, over 40900 per­son­nel search­es and approx­i­mate­ly 2800 vehi­cle search­es dur­ing their deploy­ment.

SECDET XVI has con­tin­ued to demon­strate the pro­fes­sion­al­ism, flex­i­bil­i­ty and ded­i­ca­tion to duty which Aus­tralian sol­diers are renowned for,” Lieu­tenant Gen­er­al Evans said.

“I com­mend Major Ham­ley and his detach­ment for their tire­less efforts pro­vid­ing effec­tive secu­ri­ty for Australia’s diplo­mat­ic mis­sion and their inter­ac­tion with Iraqi and Coali­tion forces, fur­ther enhanc­ing Australia’s rep­u­ta­tion in the inter­na­tion­al com­mu­ni­ty.”

Major Ham­ley says the strong rela­tion­ships that his sol­diers had estab­lished with the Iraqi Secu­ri­ty Forces (ISF) enabled them to com­plete their mis­sion with the full sup­port of the host nation.

“The ISF have made notice­able improve­ments in Bagh­dad. Our sol­diers’ adapt­abil­i­ty enabled SECDET XVI to tai­lor its pro­ce­dures to not only com­ply with, but ful­ly sup­port their vision. The Iraqi peo­ple have been very sup­port­ive and we are deeply grate­ful for their warmth and hos­pi­tal­i­ty,” Major Ham­ley said.

“The uncer­tain secu­ri­ty sit­u­a­tion sur­round­ing the Iraqi elec­tions pro­vid­ed a good test of SECDET XVI’s abil­i­ty to under­take a demand­ing secu­ri­ty task in a com­plex and dan­ger­ous envi­ron­ment.”

The next secu­ri­ty detach­ment, SECDET XVII, drawn from Dar­win based units, has deployed to Iraq and con­tin­ues to pro­vide secu­ri­ty sup­port to the Aus­tralian embassy through pro­tect­ing Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment offi­cials, vis­i­tors and oth­er staff.

SECDET XVII’s deploy­ment marks a fur­ther reduc­tion in the num­ber of ADF per­son­nel deployed to Iraq. Thir­ty five ADF per­son­nel will assist in the pro­vi­sion of embassy secu­ri­ty, as respon­si­bil­i­ty for this task tran­si­tions away from the ADF.

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

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