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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhodes View Post
    From some time next year, the Finnish will be withdrawing from the Irish-Finn Battalion and increasing their contingent in the Force Commander Reserve (FCR) with the French, where they already have a Company.

    It will be interesting to see if there will now be a full Irish Battalion overseas for the first time since 2012, if the Government/DoD will allow it.
    The mini-minister has made his first comment on the Finnish withdrawal from the Irish-Finn Battalion.

    Finland has announced earlier this year that its current national mandate for participation in the Irish-Finnish Battalion in UNIFIL will end on 31 December 2018 and will not be renewed. Finland will therefore withdraw from Irish/Battalion by the end of the year. Ireland is committed to continuing participation in the UNIFIL mission and is currently considering the options that are available. These include the option to backfill positions by deploying additional Irish personnel. Another option is to identify a partner country to replace the Finnish contingent and discussions are on-going in this regard.
    Hopefully its the first option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhodes View Post
    The mini-minister has made his first comment on the Finnish withdrawal from the Irish-Finn Battalion.



    Hopefully its the first option
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    Where would we get the equipment that the Finns will pull out ? Although I heard that there's an option of leasing it from them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terrier View Post
    Where would we get the equipment that the Finns will pull out ? Although I heard that there's an option of leasing it from them.
    There should be enough Mowags for the outpost even with the refurb program.
    Armoured Scanias due to be delivered this year will fill that gap.
    Not much else the Finns have that cant be replaced.

    The leasing option is interesting. Might embarrass the Government enough to put in an order for more Mowags but unlikely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhodes View Post
    There should be enough Mowags for the outpost even with the refurb program.
    Armoured Scanias due to be delivered this year will fill that gap.
    Not much else the Finns have that cant be replaced.

    The leasing option is interesting. Might embarrass the Government enough to put in an order for more Mowags but unlikely.
    We use their comms equipment. ( and the saunas )

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    Don't forget we wont just be taking over the camp but the post the Finns manned also .

    Don't worry.There is no way they will leave the saunas behind.Or the PX.
    "Let us be clear about three facts:First of all.All battles and all wars are won in the end by the Infantryman.Secondly the Infantryman bears the brunt of the fighting,his casualties are heavier and he suffers greater extremes of fatigue and discomfort than the other arms.Thirdly,the art of the Infantryman is less stereotyped and harder to acquire than that of any other arm".
    -- Field Marshall Earl Wavell.1948

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    Quote Originally Posted by terrier View Post
    We use their comms equipment. ( and the saunas )
    And they used ours before that. The lead unit provides comms.

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