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60 Years Peacekeeping1958 - 2018

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of Ireland's first Peacekeeping deployment in 1958.

Since then, Ireland have maintained the longest unbroken service on the front line of peace with over 70,000 individual tours of duty completed by the men and women of Óglaigh na hÉireann.

This year, we remember the 87 members of the Defence Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of Peace.

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15th November 2016 - LÉ Samuel Beckett Rescues 40* Migrants.

Earlier today, following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, LÉ Samuel Beckett located and rescued a total of 40* migrants from a rubber vessel during a search and rescue operation conducted 44 Nautical Miles NE of Tripoli.

The rescue operation began at 11am and all migrants were taken on board LÉ Samuel Beckett by 1.30pm.

The 40 rescued persons have now been transferred to the NGO Vessel Aquarius.

LÉ Samuel Beckett is currently awaiting further tasks in the area of operations.

*Figures for today's operation are provisional until confirmed by the Italian authorities.

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The LÉ Samuel Beckett departed Naval Service Headquarters in Haulbowline, Cork to assist the Italian Authorities in the humanitarian search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean on the 23rd of September.

The role of the Irish Naval vessel is to provide a search and rescue capability and to undertake humanitarian rescue operations at sea in the Mediterranean. Assistance to persons in distress at sea is provided in accordance with the applicable provisions of international conventions governing search and rescue situations.


Press Release Date:  15th November 2016

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Pat O’Connor

Tel: 045 49 2502 , 045 49 2503

Mobile : 087 2482130

E-mail: Press Officer

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