53rd Infantry Group undergo Mission Readiness ahead of UNIFIL deployment

Date Published : April 19th, 2016    Published By : admin

The Defence Forces are preparing 190 soldiers from the 53rd Infantry Group for mission readiness training, ahead of the unit’s deployment to the United Nations Interim Force Lebanon (UNIFIL).

Members of the Defence Forces undertook a training exercise in the Glen of Imaal, Co. Wicklow today in order to test the unit’s operational capability.

960 Defence Forces Glenn of Imaal Mission readiness B
(Photo: Les Kelly)

Soldiers were put through their paces in a series of simulated incidents in which the unit might face during their 6 month tour of duty. The 53rd Infantry Group, comprising a Mechanised Infantry Company and a Support Group, will deploy as part of an Irish/Finnish Battalion and will carry out peacekeeping duties under Chapter 6 of the United Nations Charter.

960 Defence Forces Glenn of Imaal Mission readiness
(Photo: Les Kelly)

Some of their duties will include monitoring the Blue Line between Lebanon and Israel and patrolling their designated Area of Operations.