Naval Service

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 Since becoming involved in 2015, Irish Naval Service personnel have rescued more than 18,000 people. Photograph: David Jones

As word spread through the Naval Service last week that Operation Sophia, the European Union’s military mission to rescue migrants in the southern Med(...)

At present, there are 650 personnel serving abroad, the bulk of them (462) deployed with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon. Photograph: Alan Betson

Almost 1,700 members of the Defence Forces served in United Nations and Irish Government-mandated operations in 14 countries around the world in 2018,(...)

Retired Sgt Maj Noel O’Callaghan and his grand-daughter Aleesha Penrose (9) at an Army protest in September: 1,760 Defence Force members are on family income supplement, a collective humiliation of military personnel and their families, says Sgt Maj Noel O’Callaghan. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Retired Defence Force veterans are planning to mount a highly visible public campaign in which politicians will be targeted over what the retirees see(...)

The LÉ Samuel Beckett  during a rescue operation in the Mediterranean on Wednesday. Photograph: Defence Forces

The LÉ Samuel Beckett has rescued 118 migrants from a rubber vessel during an operation in the Mediterranean, 40 nautical miles northeast of Tripoli, (...)

The LÉ ‘James Joyce’ rescued 453 people and recovered bodies from the vessel pictured. Photograph: Defence Forces/Flickr

A Naval Service ship recovered 16 dead bodies on Thursday when it went to the aid of migrants packed on to a wooden boat off the coast of Libya, a sta(...)

Army Ranger Wing/Defence Forces exercise in the Irish Sea. Photograph: Defence Forces

The Army Ranger Wing (ARW) is to double in size as the Defence Forces responds to the perceived increase in the threat of international terrorism and (...)

An artist’s impression of the proposed waste-to-energy facility which Indaver is seeking to build at Ringaskiddy in Cork Harbour

The Department of Defence has expressed concern that in the case of an accident at the site of the proposed €160 million incinerator in Cork Harbour, (...)

Lieut Grace Fanning (33) from Carlow, second in command of the LE Róisín married her partner Carol Brady (27) from Wexford at the Riverside Hotel in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Photograph: Evelyn McNamara

When Naval Service lieutenant Grace Fanning married Carol Brady it was a wedding just like any other. But of course, it was that and so much more. (...)

Currently about 6.5 per cent of Defence Forces members are women, which is slightly below the international median. Photograph: Alan Betson

Are you a young woman who likes playing football? Do you have a determination to win? If yes, prepare to be targeted by the Defence Forces, because (...)

Irish Naval Service operations in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

The former naval vessel, the LÉ Aoife, left Cork Harbour on Saturday morning for Malta, where it will take part in humanitarian search and rescue oper(...)

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