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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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8 July 2016 - Naval vessel L.É. James Joyce departs Cork to assist in the Humanitarian Crisis in the Mediterranean.

L.É. JAMES JOYCE, under the command of her captain, Lieutenant Commander Neil Manning, departed the Naval Base, Haulbowline this morning, to assist the Italian authorities in the continuing search and rescue humanitarian operation in the Mediterranean.

L.É. JAMES JOYCE is the fifth ship deployed by the Naval Service to the Mediterranean Sea as part of Operation PONTUS.

Photographs from today's departure can be found here.


Press Release Date: 8 July 2016

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