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A Ceremonial Military Guard will parade at the site of the ‘National Memorial to Members of the Defence Forces who died in the Service of the State’, at Merrion Square park, Dublin during July and August.

Ceremonies will take place at Merrion Square Park, every Saturday from 19th July to Saturday 23rd August 2014.

Units from throughout the Defence Forces and across the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service will participate in this Military Guard Ceremony in solemn remembrance of their fallen comrades.

The ceremony will last approximately one hour.

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Equipment

Boats in service

Information

Country of origin  

UK    

Length    

5.4m 

Speed 

35knots Plus       

Weight

1.4tonne  

Vital Stats

Warship AIS. 

SOLAS compliant.

Delta 7.5m/8m

Information

Country of origin  

UK    

Length    

7.5m / 8m 

Speed 

40knots Plus       

Weight

2tonne  

Vital Stats

Warship AIS. 

SOLAS compliant.

Weapons

76 mm OTO Melara

The 76mm Oto Melara medium calibre naval armament is the most powerful weapon in the Naval Services arsenal. The 76mm is capable of engaging naval targets at range of up to 17km with a high level of precision, ensuring that the Naval Service can maintain a range advantage over all close range naval armaments and man portable weapon systems. The gyro stabilized gun is fully automated utilising a RADAMEC Fire Control System and is capable of engaging naval, air and shore based targets. It is mounted on both the CPV and LPV class of vessel.

 76mm OTO Melara Statistics

Gun Type           

Cannon

Country of Manufacture

Italy

Entered Service  

1984

Calibre

76 mm

Crew

3

Weight of shell

12.34kgs

Fire Rate

85 rounds per minute

Range  

18.4 km

Bofors 57mm Cannon

The Bofors 57mm L/70 Automatic Gun is an all purpose naval armament with a range of over 13km. The gun is operated by a remote controlled optical and laser fire control system and is fully gyro stabilized to allow its employment at high speeds and in rough seas. The Bofor 57mm is capable of firing 200 rounds per minute and is highly effective in the anti-air role. This weapon is mounted onboard the Naval Service Flagship L.É. Eithne.

Bofors 57mm Cannon Statistics

Gun Type

Cannon

Country of Manufacture

Sweden

Entered Service

1984

Calibre

57mm

Crew

5

Weight of shell

2.4kgs

Fire Rate

200 rounds per minute

Range

13.8 km

Bofors 40mm Cannon

The Bofors 40mm L/70 Automatic Gun is a close range weapon, well suited for anti-aircraft defence of pin-point targets. It is also highly effective against naval and ground based targets and has an impressive rate of fire of 300 rounds per minute. The Bofors is crewed by a team of three gunners and is mounted onboard all three Offshore Patrol Vessels

Bofors 40mm Cannon Statistics

Gun Type           

Cannon

Country of Manufacture

Sweden

Entered Service  

2006

Calibre

40mm

Crew

2

Weight of shell

2.5kgs

Fire Rate

240 rounds per minute

Range  

1km

Rheinmetall 20mm Cannon

The Rheinmetall 20mm Rh-202 Naval Cannon is a precision close range naval armament with a high rate of fire of up to 1030 rounds per minute and high accuracy. With a special mount design, the firer remains in the upright position for all elevations of firings. With a large variety of specialist ammunition the Rheinmetall is a capable secondary armament and is fitted onboard all Naval Service ships for close range weapons support and anti-air point defence.

Rheinmetall 20mm Cannon  Statistics

Gun Type           

Cannon

Country of Manufacture

Germany

Entered Service  

1984

Calibre

20mm

Crew

2

Weight of shell

134g

Fire Rate

1000 rounds per minute

Range  

2km

Browning 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun 

Browning 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun Statistics

Manufacturer

Fabrique Nationale

Weapon Type

Heavy Machine Gun

Country of Manufacture

Belgium

Entered Service

1970s

Calibre

12.7mm

Ammunition Feed

Belt Fed (disintegrating links)

Weight

96kg

Mode of Fire

Automatic Fire

Range

2200m

Rate of Fire

550 rounds/min

Length of Barrel

1143mm

Sight

Iron Sight

Crew

3

FN MAG General Purpose Machine Gun 

FN MAG General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) Statistics

Manufacturer

FN Herstal

Weapon Type

Light Machine Gun

Country of Manufacture

Belgium

Entered Service

1964

Calibre

7.62mm

Ammunition Feed

Belt Fed

Weight

10.9kg

Mode of Fire

Automatic Fire

Range

1800m

Rate of Fire

650 - 1000 rounds/min

Length

1260mm

Sight

Rear Ramp Type

Steyr AUG A1 Assault Rifle

Steyr AUG A1 Statistics

Manufacturer

Steyr Daimler Puch

Weapon Type

Semi-Automatic Assault Rifle

Country of Manufacture

Austria

Entered Service

1988

Calibre

5.56mm

Ammunition Feed

Magazine Fed

Weight

3.6kg

Mode of Fire

Single Shot and Automatic Fire

Range

600m

Rate of Fire

600 - 800 rounds/min

Length

790mm

Sight

Optical x1.5 Magnification

Heckler & Koch USP

Heckler & Koch USP Statistics

Gun Type           

Semi- Automatic Pistol

Country of Manufacture

Germany

Entered Service  

2007

Calibre

9mm

Fire Rate

Semi- Automatic

Range  

50m

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