Minister for Defence, Mr Simon Coveney T.D., accompanied by the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM, reviewed the 64th Infantry Group, UNDOF yesterday at 6.00pm in the Curragh Camp.

Commanded by Lieutenant Colonel James O'Shea, the 64th Infantry Group have been in training for the past two months and are scheduled to deploy to Syria later this month with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).

The 64th Infantry Group will deploy to the UNDOF area of operations with 129 personnel. Drawn primarily from the Defence Forces Training Centre at the Curragh Camp, Co Kildare, and the Air Corps, the 64th Infantry Group will replace the 63rd Infantry Group who deployed to Syria last April. 

The ceremonial occasion consisted of a parade, Ministerial Inspection and address in the Curragh Camp, where Covid-19 guidlines were stringently adhered to. 

The troops will undergo a two-week period of isolation, in a Defence Forces installation, prior to departure and will repeat this isolation period on arrival in their area of operations.  

Please see below a link to our flickr album on the event: