Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Released by Defence Media Centre

Sapper Jacob Moerland and Sapper Darren Smith from the Brisbane-based 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment (2 CER) died as a result of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated yesterday morning, Afghanistan time.

They were part of an Australian dismounted patrol conducting operations in the Mirabad Valley region of Oruzgan province.

Both soldiers were serving with the 1st Mentoring Task Force in Afghanistan.

Sapper Smith’s Explosive Detection Dog Herbie was also killed.

There were no other Australian or Afghan casualties.

Both Sapper Moerland and Sapper Smith leave behind loving families, who are receiving support from 2 CER and from the Defence Community Organisation.

The families of both soldiers have requested their privacy to be respected during this difficult time. They will not be conducting any media interviews.

Photographs of Sapper Moerland and Sapper Smith are available at:

Their biographies will also be available at:

Media contact: Defence Media Liaison: (02) 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664