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Army applicants must be at least 18 years old and under the age of 25 years of age on the closing date for applications.

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Sunday, 15th April 2018 - Deployment of LÉ Samuel Beckett (P61).

The Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM, will bid farewell to the crew of LÉ Samuel Beckett prior to their departure to the Mediterranean at 11am on Sunday 15th April 2018. LÉ Samuel Beckett will be the first Naval Service vessel to deploy to the Mediterranean as part of Operation Sophia this year.

Commanded by Lieutenant Commander Eoin Smyth, a total of 54 members of the Defence Forces have been preparing LÉ Samuel Beckett (P61) for an extended deployment since receiving notice that they would be sailing to assist with the EU mission, Operation Sophia.

Members of the media are invited to attend; there will be excellent opportunities for photographs and interviews from the event taking place in Haulbowline.

LÉ Samuel Beckett is the second Naval Service vessel to deploy under Operation Sophia, LÉ Niamh deployed in late 2017.

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Press Release Date: Sunday, 15th April 2018

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Pat O'Connor

Tel: 045 49 2502 , 045 49 2503

Mobile : 087 2482130

E-mail: Press Officer