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 25 May 2012 - Defence Forces Conduct International Bomb Disposal Experts Course.

The Defence Forces has conducted an International Bomb Disposal experts course which culminated in a major exercise in the County Cork area over the past week.

The Irish Defence Forces are recognised as subject matter experts in Bomb Disposal internationally and the major interest from foreign partners in the course reflects that.

This course consisted of 15 operational foreign bomb disposal experts who were trained and exercised in Irish Bomb Disposal philosophies and principles.

The countries represented on the course are Canada, Russia, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Spain and Italy. 

The course was four weeks in duration, broken into two weeks of instruction, one week confirmation of instruction and one week of live assessment.

The assessment week was a high tempo, robust exercise revolving around an overseas counter insurgency based scenario.

The exercise involved the deployment of Bomb Disposal Teams including all the assets at their disposal such as mini Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Surveillance Target Acquisition vehicles, Close Target Reconnaissance teams, armoured force protection, Air Corps helicopters and Naval Rigid Inflatable Boats.

The operators who successfully qualified from this course are likely to find themselves deployed in to some of the most difficult operational environments around the world including Afghanistan and Lebanon.

Press Release Date:  25 May, 2012

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