Tuesday 29th December 2015 - Army Operations – 2015.


There are currently 424 Military Personnel serving in fifteen different countries around the world. Our biggest troop missions are the 198 personnel serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the 139 personnel with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) on the Golan Heights in Syria.

Aid to the Civil Power

  • 145 Explosive Ordnance Disposal (Bomb Squad) call outs.

  • 130 Prisoner Escorts
  • 11 Explosives Escorts.
  • T
he Defence Forces had over 260 personnel involved in the Security Operation for the Royal visit in May.

Aid to the Civil Authority

  • March: 1 BDE provided 150 personnel in the search for a missing person in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny.

  • July: 1 BDE provided 3 personnel to assist local divers in search for missing persons off Baltimore, Co Cork.

  • September: 2 BDE provided 171 personnel in search for a missing person in Dundalk area.

  • December: Over 1,000 members of the Defence Forces deployed in 160 vehicles, 4 aircraft and 2 boats to assist with flood relief in the aftermath of Storm Desmond.


The Defence Forces participated in more than 30 significant Military and State Ceremonial Events in 2015.

  • Annual State Ceremonial duties were conducted at the Easter Sunday Commemoration Parade at the GPO; the 1916 Leaders Commemoration in Arbour Hill and at the National Day of Commemoration in the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham. In addition to these annual events State Ceremonial duty was conducted for the State Visit to Ireland of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany in July and for the President’s State Visit to the Portuguese Republic in December.

  • On 07th May 2015 the Defence Forces supported a joint official/community event to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Cruise Liner ‘Lusitania’. The ceremony took place in Cobh and culminated with a wreath laid by An tUachtarán, accompanied by Ambassadors from the United Sates, the United Kingdom and the Federal Republic of Germany.

  • On the 01st August 2015 the Defence Forces participated in the State Commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the funeral of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa. This event took place in Glasnevin Cemetery and marked the opening of the 2016 State Centenary Programme. In September ceremonial support was provided for the State Funeral and Re-interment of Commandant Thomas Kent, who was executed after the 1916 Easter Rising, one of only two 1916 leaders executed outside Dublin, the other being Roger Casement. The event took place in Castlelyons, County Cork.

  • The Defence Forces continued its summer ceremonies at the National Memorial, Merrion Square, remembering those members who have given their lives in the service of the State.
  • In September the Defence Forces conducted its first Transfer of Appointment Ceremony to mark the handover from the Chief of Staff outgoing, Lt Gen Conor O’Boyle to the incoming Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Mark Mellett.

  • September also saw the commencement of the delivery of a National Flag, by the Defence Forces, to all primary schools in the Republic. This project will involve Defence Forces Flag Teams visiting over 3,000 schools and, in a short ceremony, handing over a National Flag and a copy of The Proclamation. This project will culminate on the 15th March 2016 when all Primary Schools will raise their National Flag on their school’s flag pole.

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Press Release Date: Tuesday 29th December 2015

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