Dozens of Kildare troops going to Syria in coming days

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Dozens of Kildare troops going to Syria in coming days
12:30 Thursday 21st of March 2019

Tomorrow, the Minister with Responsibility for Defence Paul Kehoe  accompanied by the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM, will review the men and women of the 59th Infantry Group ahead of their six month deployment to Syria as part of United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).

The deployment of the 59th Infantry Group will see 130 Irish troops deploy to Syria in coming days.

The personnel travelling with the 59th Infantry Group represent a number of counties across Ireland with the main contributing units being based in the Defence Forces Training Centre, Curragh Camp, and the majority of personnel coming from Kildare and Dublin.

The unit will form up on McDermott Square and this will be followed by a ceremonial 'March Past'.

The Irish Troops will constitute a Quick Reaction Force, which is a small, highly mobile and flexible force that can respond to any request made by the Force Commander within 15 minutes.

The requests can range from evacuation of UN personnel from UN positions for various emergency reasons to routine patrols.

The personnel of the unit have a range of experience, from those on their first deployment, to highly experienced senior Non Commissioned Officers (NCOs) and Officers who have the experience of multiple trips.

Once deployed, the 59th Infantry Group will work alongside soldiers from the Indian, Fijian and Nepalese armies.

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