Crew of LÉ Niamh honoured in special ceremony in Cork

A special ceremony has been held to honour members of the LÉ Niamh and those deployed to Sierra Leon to combat the Ebola Crisis. The presentation of the International Operational Service Medals took place this afternoon on Deepwater Quay in Cobh.

LÉ Niamh was deployed to the Mediterranean from July to October in 2015 and engaged in humanitarian search and rescue operations. During that time they rescued over 4127 people in 24 operations. Today these brave men and women have been recognized for their lifesaving work.

Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe has said “The naval forces and the defence forces are carrying out very important humanitarian work, because the amount of people who are searching for a better life and come across the Mediterranean in very dangerous circumstances, and the amount of women and children that are making this journey across that don’t see any future in their own country.

“That are searching for a better future. This is quite dangerous work and it is quite demanding work aswell.”

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