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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30 December 2012 - Air Corps Complete 100th Air Ambulance Mission of 2012.

The Air Corps completed its 100th Air Ambulance Mission of 2012 last night with a patient transfer from the north west of the country to Dublin for specialist surgery.

The Air Corps were requested by the HSE National Ambulance Control Centre at 6.20pm yesterday evening to transport the patient to Dublin for specialist surgery in a time critical mission. An AW 139 helicopter was tasked from Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel and flying with the aid of night vision goggles collected the patient and dropped them to a pre-designated landing zone in the city centre at 8.50 pm for onward road transport to the required hospital. The helicopter then returned to Baldonnel. 

This is the 100th Air Ambulance mission of 2012 for the Air Corps up from a figure of 78 missions for 2011.

Fixed wing and rotary aircraft and crews are on stand by on a 24/7/365 basis in Baldonnel for such Air Ambulance missions, this is in addition to the pilot Emergency Aeromedical Service operated by the Air Corps for the HSE from Athlone for daylight hours since June 2012.  

Press Release Date:  30 December, 2012

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