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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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11th September 2016 - LÉ James Joyce Rescues 108* 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 108* migrants from a rubber vessel during a search and rescue operation conducted 35 Nautical Miles NW of Tripoli.

The rescue operation commenced at 8.15am. All 108* migrants were taken on board LÉ James Joyce, where they received food, water and medical treatment where required.

The LÉ James Joyce commenced the transfer of the rescued migrants to an Italian Coast Guard vessel at 11.02am and has now been released to carry out further search and rescue operations if required.

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

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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.

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: 09 June 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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