Above and Beyond: Outstanding Defence Forces crews recognized

Defence Forces efforts officially recognized in Dun Laoghaire on Saturday

The outstanding work by Defence Forces crews in the Mediterranean, as well as on other missions such as Sierra Leone was officially recognised on Saturday when Minister Paul Kehoe presented the International Service Medal in Dun Laoghaire.

Outstanding Defence Forces crews

The crew of the L.E. James Joyce recently finished a tough tour on Operation Pontus and are now back patrolling Irish waters. The LE James Joyce was docked in the harbour for the awarding ceremony.

The new Defence Forces International Operational Service Medal recognises the service of Defence Forces personnel who have been deployed on overseas missions by direction of the Government where no other mission medal has been awarded.

Outstanding Defence Forces crews




Outstanding Defence Forces crews

In presenting the medal the Minister said: “We are acknowledging the outstanding contribution that the men and women of the Permanent Defence Force have made, and are currently making, to missions overseas.”

Outstanding Defence Forces crews

“To date, Irish participation in the humanitarian mission has resulted in the recovery of over 14,800 migrants from unseaworthy crafts, clearly demonstrating the value of Ireland’s involvement in this important humanitarian response.”

Outstanding Defence Forces crews

“Operation Pontus has made a positive and practical difference to the lives of many poor and vulnerable people.”

Outstanding Defence Forces crews

Friends and family were there to celebrate the occasion with the crews in Dun Laoghaire.

Outstanding Defence Forces crews

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