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Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Department of Defence

Defence Forces Deployment

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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515. To ask the Minister for Defence the total strength of the Defence Forces currently serving overseas, at all ranks; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22395/15]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Minister, Department of Agriculture, the Marine and Food; Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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As of 01 June 2015, Ireland is contributing approximately 497 Defence Forces personnel to 13 missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas including the lead organisation for each mission are listed in the tabular statement attached.

The most recent deployment overseas was the despatch of the Irish naval vessel, L.É. Eithne, to assist the Italian authorities in humanitarian search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean.  A crew of sixty-seven (67) personnel of the Permanent Defence Force, augmented by two (2) medical officers of the Permanent Defence Force, are deployed to the Operation.

The current contribution of some 497 personnel to overseas missions reflects the Government’s continued commitment to our responsibilities in the area of international peace and security.

MEMBERS OF THE PERMANENT DEFENCE FORCE SERVING OVERSEASAS OF 01 JUNE 2015

1.UN MISSIONS
UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) HQ 9
UNIFIL 49th Infantry Group 184
UNIFIL Sector West HQ 4
UNTSO (United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation) Israel and Syria 13
MINURSO (United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara) 3
MONUSCO (United Nations Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo) 4
UNOCI (United Nations Mission in Ivory Coast) 2
UNDOF (United Nations Disengagement Observer Force) HQ, Golan Heights Syria 8
UNDOF 48th Infantry Group 130
TOTAL 357
UN MANDATED MISSIONS
EUFOR (EU led Operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina) 7
EUTM Mali (EU led Training Mission) 9
KFOR (International Security Presence in Kosovo) HQ 12
RSM (Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan) 7
TOTAL NUMBER OF PERSONNEL SERVING WITH UN MISSIONS 392
2. OTHER DEPLOYMENTS
UK EBOLA TREATMENT CENTRE (Sierra Leone) 4
Naval Service Humanitarian Mission in Mediterranean (L.E. Eithne) 69
TOTAL NUMBERS OF PERSONNEL OTHER DEPLOYMENTS 73
3. ORGANISATION FOR SECURITY AND COOPERATION IN EUROPE (OSCE)
OSCE Mission to Bosnia & Herzegovina 2
Staff Officer, High Level Planning Group Vienna 1
TOTAL NUMBER OF PERSONNEL SERVING OSCE 3
4. EU MILITARY STAFF
Brussels 5
5. NORDIC BATTLE GROUP 2015
FHQ Sweden 14
6. MILITARY REPRESENTATIVES/ADVISERS/STAFF
Military Adviser, Permanent Mission to UN, New York 1
Military Adviser Irish delegation to OSCE, Vienna 1
Military Representative to EU (Brussels) 4
Liaison Office of Ireland, NATO/PfP (Brussels) 2
EU OHQ Operation Althea, Mons, Belgium 1
Irish Liaison Officer to SHAPE & Military Co-Op Division, Mons, Belgium 1
TOTAL NUMBER OF DEFENCE FORCES PERSONNEL SERVING OVERSEAS 497

The above figure represents 143 Officers, 178 Non Commissioned Officers and 176 Privates/Able Bodied Seamen.

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