Chad Deployment

The Defence Forces’ biggest logistics operation ever moved on to the next phase as a cargo ship left Dublin port today stuffed to the gills with equipment for the 372 men and women of the 97th Inf Batt and the 50 ARW personnel who have been in Chad since last month (the ARW obviously brought some equipment when they deployed to Chad in February).

The ship had been loading in Dublin Port since yesterday; it contains 16 Mowag APC’s plus an additional 60 or so support vehicles (bulldozers, ambulances etc) along with 3000 tonnes of equipment such as weapons & ammunition, beds, air conditioning, toilets, a doctor’s surgery, photocopiers, food and water etc.
Basically everything, bar fuel, the troops will need to live and operate for four months is being sent as part of the largest logistical move the Defence Forces has ever undertaken.

Next stop is the Netherlands where it will collect additional equipment for 60 Dutch Marines who will work along side our lads in Chad. The ship will then head for Cameroon where the equipment will be off loaded and begin an overland trip of approximately 2,500km to the battalion “village” at Goz Beida.

You can read more about the operations in Chad (EUFOR Chad/CAR) on the Defence Forces website.
Good to see the website getting a revamp; I always had problems with the previous site in Firefox.

In related news, this year marks the 50th anniversary of Defence Forces involvement with UN peace missions. Military enthusiasts mark the 26th June in your diary as there is a military parade planned for McKee Barracks in Dublin. Will update you further closer to the event.

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