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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Saturday 16 May - Deployment of LÉ EITHNE to Mediterranean.

Minister of Defence Mr Simon Coveney T.D accompanied by Rear Admiral Mark Mellett DSM, Deputy Chief of Staff (Support) of the Defence Forces and Captain David Barry, Officer Commanding Naval Operations Command, will meet the crew of the L.É. EITHNE on Saturday 16 May at 8.30 a.m. as the Flagship of the Naval Service deploys to the Mediterranean on migrant humanitarian and search and rescue operations.

Commanded by Commander Pearse O'Donnell, the 68 sailors of the LÉ EITHNE, augmented by 2 medics from the Army Medical Corps have been preparing the ship for an extended deployment since receiving notice to sail two weeks ago.

The LÉ EITHNE will provide a search and rescue capability and will undertake humanitarian operations in cooperation with the Italian Authorities. Assistance to persons in distress at sea will be provided in accordance with the provisions of international conventions governing search and rescue situations.

The Minister for Defence will meet and address the crew before the LÉ EITHNE sets sail from Haulbowline Naval Base, Ringaskiddy.

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Press Release Date: Saturday 16 May

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Seán Ó Fátharta

Tel: 045 49 2502 , 045 49 2503

Mobile : 087 2482130

E-mail: Press Officer

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