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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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Tuesday, 14 January 2014 - Naval Service Provide Assistance to Stricken Vessel .

The Naval Service vessel LÉ Aisling, has responded to a request from the Coast Guard to provide assistance to a stricken vessel, the MV HELLESPORT CHARGER (MV) off the West coast.

The MV was reported to have lost main engine propulsion 100 nm west of Loop Head, Co Clare yesterday although it is not in any immediate danger.

The LÉ Aisling reached the MV in the early hours of the morning and the vessels are currently on route to the Shannon estuary. The MV is under tow with the tug boat THRAX. The MV vessel is expected to arrive in port at between 5-6 pm later today.

The weather conditions are described as rough to moderate with poor visibility. Due to the size of the vessel the maximum speed of travel is estimated to be three knots p/h.


Press Release Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2014

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Denis Hanly

Tel: 045 49 2502 , 045 49 2503

Mobile : 087 2482130

E-mail: Press Officer

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