Written answers

Thursday, 22 June 2006

Department of Defence

Defence Forces Equipment

5:00 pm

Photo of Peter KellyPeter Kelly (Longford-Roscommon, Fianna Fail)
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Question 26: To ask the Minister for Defence the number of Defence Force vehicles such as armoured personnel carriers, jeeps, trucks and so on currently in use on overseas missions; how often these vehicles are rotated back to Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23679/06]

Photo of Willie O'DeaWillie O'Dea (Minister, Department of Defence; Limerick East, Fianna Fail)
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Defence Forces personnel serving on all overseas missions are equipped with the most modern and effective equipment. This equipment enables troops to carry out the mission assigned, as well as providing the required protection specific to the mission. Currently there is a total of 184 vehicles in use by Defence Forces on overseas missions, details of which are listed on the tabular statement.

All vehicles are rotated back to Ireland as required or in circumstances where due to accidental damage they cannot be repaired in the mission area.

Current overseas Vehicle Deployment
Jeeps 37 19 26 82
Trucks 7 — 16 23
Armour 6 — 30 36
Trailers 2 2 26 30
Bus 3 2 — 5
Ambulance 1 — 1 2
Misc. Vehicles 3 1 2 6
59 24 101 184


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