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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18 September 2015 - LÉ NIAMH En Route to Augusta, Sicily.

The LÉ NIAMH is en route to Augusta, Sicily with 513* people on board; 380 rescued persons from 3 separate search and rescue operations by the crew of the LÉ NIAMH and an additional 133 rescued migrants taken from the Italian Coast Guard vessel the CP906 ORAZIO CORZI. It is expected alongside at 10 am tomorrow morning.

Today's events may be summarised as follows;

  • At 9.47 am Irish time, the LÉ NIAMH completed the rescue of 124 people from a rubber craft 58 kilometres North East of Tripoli.
  • At 1049 am it was tasked to a second vessel where it rescued a further 127 persons, all successfully embarked by 1153 am.
  • The LÉ NIAMH was immediately tasked thereafter to a rubber craft, deflating at the time, where it successfully rescued a further 129 persons with the assistance of the Italian Naval vessel the ITS ALESIO.
  • The Italian Marine Rescue Co-Ordination Centre (MRCC) then tasked the LÉ NIAMH to take 133 rescued migrants from the Italian CP906 ORAZIO CORZI.

The are currently travelling to Augusta, Sicily. People on board are receiving water, food and medical assistance where required. 

The LÉ NIAMH has rescued 3343 people prior to today's operations.

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The LÉ NIAMH deployed to OPERATION PONTUS on Friday 10th of July. The vessel has a crew of 57 personnel, including 2 Army medics and is commanded by Lieutenant Commander Daniel Wall.

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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 will be provided in accordance with the applicable provisions of international conventions governing search and rescue situations.

Press Release Date: 18 September 2015

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Seán Ó Fátharta

Tel: 045 49 2502 , 045 49 2503

Mobile : 087 2482130

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