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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21st February 2014 -The Defence Forces Mission Readiness Exercise.

129 Defence Forces soldiers from the 44 Infantry Group are entering the final phase of intense training in preparation for their forthcoming deployment to the United Nations Disengagement Observation Force, (UNDOF) based in the Golan Heights region of Syria.

This training is taking place in the Glen of Imaal, Co Wicklow. The personnel of the unit have a mix of experience from first trip soldiers and officers to highly experienced senior non commissioned officers and commanders.

The 44 Infantry Group will deploy to Syria in March, taking over duties from the 43 Infantry Group who have been serving with UNDOF since September 2013.

The Mission Readiness Exercise puts commanders and soldiers through a demanding series of scenarios based on the current situation in Syria based on potential threats that may be encountered in the volatile mission area. The troops face a series of scenarios involving simulated explosive strikes, air mobile helicopter drills, anti ambush tactics, detailed operational planning and medical evacuation exercises.

Press Release Date: Friday 21st February 2014

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