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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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10th september 2016 - LÉ James Joyce Rescues 423* Migrants .

Earlier today, following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, the LÉ James Joyce successfully located and rescued a total of 423* migrants from 18 separate vessels during a complex search and rescue operation conducted 40 Nautical Miles NW of Tripoli.

The rescue commenced at 08.40am and all 423* migrants were taken on board LÉ James Joyce by 1.45pm, where they are now receiving food, water and medical treatment where required.



In addition to the migrants brought onboard the LÉ James Joyce, the ship acted as on scene coordinator for 5 NGO vessels who rescued an additional 1500* migrants from the 18 vessels.

LÉ James Joyce has rescued 1,882 people to date (excluding the current rescue).

The LÉ James Joyce will transfer the rescued migrants to a second vessel later this evening to enable the LÉ James Joyce carry out further search and rescue operations if required.

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

The LÉ James Joyce departed Naval Service Headquarters in Haulbowline, Cork to assist the Italian Authorities in the humanitarian search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean on the 2nd of May. The ship’s search and rescue operations began on 8 Iúil 2016.

View a hi-res photo of the LÉ James Joyce here

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: 10th September 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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