19 July 2016 - Irish General Assumes Command of the United Nations Interim Mission in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Defence, Mr. Paul Kehoe TD, and Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, attended the transfer of authority ceremony as Major General Michael Beary assumed command of the United Nations Interim Mission in Lebanon (UNIFIL) at Force Headquarters, Naquora, Lebanon.

Major General Beary will command approximately 10,598 uniformed personnel from over 40 countries with a land, maritime and air component, including an Irish Infantry Group of 186 personnel, which will increase to 360 personnel in November.

Thereafter, the Minister Kehoe and Vice Admiral Mark Mellett visited members of the Irish 53rd Infantry Group based in South Lebanon.

The Irish unit are currently completing a six-month tour of duty in UNIFIL, their mission involves extensive mobile patrolling throughout the area of operations, ground holding and monitoring the Blue Line between Lebanon and Israel.

A number of high resolution images can be downloaded from today's events.

A succinct history of Irish Defence Forces involvement with UNIFIL can be found here

Press Release Date: 19 July 2016

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