Defence Forces troops prepare for deployment to Lebanon.

440 Defence Forces troops are today (04th May 11) being put through the final phase of intense training in preparation for the forthcoming deployment to Lebanon.

The Mission Readiness Exercise puts commanders and soldiers through a demanding series of scenarios based on the current situation in Lebanon and potential threats that may be encountered in the mission area.

Today’s exercise will feature a series of scenarios involving simulated explosions, helicopters, Armoured Personnel carriers and troops using a variety of advanced weapons systems.

Commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Frank Bolger, the 104th Battalion has been in training for the past four months, culminating in a Mission Readiness Exercise which has been taking place in the Glen of Imaal over the past two weeks.

An advance party will deploy to Lebanon on the 23rd of May to prepare for the arrival of the Battalion which will follow on the 23rd and 26th of June.

Further Info:


Press Release Date: Wednesday 4th May, 2011

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Neil Nolan

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