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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Wednesday 29 April 2015 - Air Corps CASA conducts Search and Rescue top cover mission.

Air Corps CASA conducts Search and Rescue top cover mission off Coast of Kinsale

This afternoon an Air Corps CASA aircraft successfully provided search and rescue (SAR) top cover for the Coast Guard medical evacuation of an injured fisherman from a vessel approx 100 nautical miles South West of Kinsale.

The Air Corps fixed Wing CASA Maritime Patrol Aircraft was alerted to the mission while on Maritime patrol and arrived over the Irish registered vessel at 12:40 pm.

The Air Corps crew used their maritime surveillance and communications equipment to assist the Coast Guard helicopter which arrived on-scene at 12:50 pm and spent 30 minutes on scene winching the casualty to safety. The CASA kept a watchful eye over the helicopter as it routed ashore and co-ordinated with Air Traffic control and the Coast Guard for a speedy transfer of the patient from Cork airport to Cork University Hospital.

For more information on the CASA, its roles and capabilities.

A high resolution image of a CASA aircraft is available on request.

Press Release Date: 29 April 2015

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