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2011

200 troops depart for peacekeeping duties in Lebanon

The Defence Forces will deploy the remainder of the 104th Battalion to Lebanon tomorrow morning, Monday the 27th of June at 02.30 am from Dublin Airport.

The deployment of the 200 troops represents the second of two troop movements which will see a total of 440 members of the 104th Battalion taking up Peacekeeping duties with the UNIFIL mission.

200 troops were deployed to Lebanon on the 23rd of June 2011, and an advance party of specialist personnel has been in the country since the end of May.

The role of Irish troops in the UNIFIL mission will involve monitoring the cessation of hostilities, assisting the Lebanese Armed Forces (including extensive mobile patrolling throughout the Irish area of operations) and helping to ensure humanitarian access to the civilian population.

The Irish Area of Operations will measure some 140 Sq Km extending from Tibnin in Southern Lebanon to the Blue line along the border with Israel. The Irish contingent will occupy a large camp in the village of Tibnin, and two smaller posts along the Blue line with Israel.

The current strength of the UNIFIL force is 12,000 personnel drawn from a total of 31 Troop Contributing Nations. The mission is governed by UN Resolution 1701 under Chapter Six of the UN Charter.  Irish officers first deployed to Lebanon as observers in 1958 as part of Observer Group Lebanon (OGL).The first Irish Battalion to deploy to Lebanon departed in 1978, and in excess of 32,000 individual tours of duty were carried out until 2001.A total of 47 Irish troops lost their lives in the cause of peace in Lebanon since 1978.Irish officers first deployed to Lebanon as observers in 1958 as part of Observer Group Lebanon (OGL).The first Irish Battalion to deploy to Lebanon departed in 1978, and in excess of 32,000 individual tours of duty were carried out until 2001.A total of 47 Irish troops lost their lives in the cause of peace in Lebanon since 1978.

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Mountain Rescue

10 February 2009

16 members of the Army Ranger Wing (ARW) are working with Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue to stretcher out the two mountaineers located earlier today on the South Prison of Lugnaquilla Mountain. The two men are in a stable condition.

The men were visually located at approx. 12.30 pm by a search team from the ARW and a team from mountain rescue was first to get to their location. Due to cloud cover on Lugnaquilla (953 metres/3,034 feet) it was not possible to airlift these men immediately off the mountain. The South Prison, where the two men were found, is a precarious area in good weather, so their extraction with knee-high snow and visibility down to five metres is a demanding and hazardous operation. The ARW and mountain rescue teams will carry these men to an area that a helicopter can land and they will be airlifted to hospital.

Members of the ARW and two Air Corps AW 139 helicopters were deployed this morning to assist Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team and Irish Coast Guard in the search for the two men, missing since yesterday afternoon. The ARW were diverted to the Glen of Imaal from a training exercise to assist. Other local military staffs from Coolmooney Camp, Glen of Imaal were assisting and co-ordinating with Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue throughout last night.

 
 
Mission Readiness Exercise for troops deploying to Chad

17 December 2008

Lieutenant Colonel Joe McDonagh along with over 300 men and women of his 99 Infantry Battalion are being put through phases of intense preparations for likely scenarios when the troops deploy to EUFOR Chad/CAR mission commencing in late January 2009. This Mission Readiness Exercise puts commanders and soldiers through an intense series of scenarios based on the current situation in Chad that troops would encounter in a ‘worst case scenario’ situation.  The exercise designed by the Military College encompasses up to date information fed in from troops of the 98 Infantry Battalion already deployed in Chad since October and from personnel who returned earlier in the year. This exercises their tactics, techniques and procedures that they may have to put into practice during their four month tour of duty. The 99th Infantry Battalion will deploy to Chad in late January/early February 2009, to Goz Beida in south eastern Chad for four months. They will be presented with their unit colours by the Minister for Defence in McKee Barracks on 14 January 2009.

May God keep them safe on this and all UN missions.