Thu 12th March 2015 - The Defence Forces Mission Readiness Exercise.

130 Defence Forces soldiers from the 48th Infantry Group are entering the final phase of intense training in preparation for their forthcoming deployment to the United Nations Disengagement Observation Force, (UNDOF) based in the Golan Heights.

This training is taking place in the Glen of Imaal, Co Wicklow. The personnel of the unit have a mix of experience from soldiers and officers on their first deployment, to highly experienced senior Non Commissioned Officers (NCOs) and commanders.

The 48th Infantry Group will deploy to the Golan Heights in April, taking over duties from the 46th Infantry Group who have been serving with UNDOF since October 2014. They will be the fourth Irish contingent to deploy with UNDOF.

The Mission Readiness Exercise puts commanders and soldiers through a demanding series of scenarios indicative of the current situation in the Middle East and based on potential threats that may be encountered in the volatile mission area. Troops will face simulated explosive strikes, be asked to secure, extract and evacuate personnel, as well as anti-ambush tactics and detailed operational planning.

Press Release Date: Thu 12th March 2015

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