Tuesday 08th September 2015 - Pre-Deployment Mission Readiness Exercise.

130 Defence Forces soldiers from the 50th Infantry Group are entering the final phase of 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 50th Infantry Group will deploy to the Golan Heights at the end of September, taking over duties from the 48th Infantry Group who have been serving with UNDOF since March 2015. They will be the fifth Irish contingent to deploy to the contested area between Syrian and Israel under the UNDOF mandate.

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: Tuesday 08th September 2015

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