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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Friday 02 October - Return of LÉ NIAMH.

The newly appointed Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM and Commodore Hugh Tully, The Flag Officer Commanding the ​Naval Service​, will meet the crew of the LÉ NIAMH on Friday the 02nd of October at 11.10 am when it returns​ from humanitarian and search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean.

Commanded by Lieutenant Commander Daniel Wall, the 57 sailors of the LÉ NIAMH, augmented by 2 medics from the Army Medical Corps, deployed on the 10th of July to the Mediterranean where they successfully rescued 4,127 persons and recovered 39 bodies over 24 operations in cooperation with the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre.

The LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT has replaced the LÉ NIAMH in the Mediterranean and will continue to provide assistance to persons in distress at sea in accordance with the provisions of international conventions governing search and rescue situations.

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Press Release Date: Friday 02 October

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Seán Ó Fátharta

Tel: 045 49 2502 , 045 49 2503

Mobile : 087 2482130

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