107 INF BN UNIFIL
The 107 IRISHFINN Battalion will occupy a new post situated south of the village of At Tiri. The new post will be renamed 'Camp Shamrock' and is approx 7 Km from the Blue Line boundary between Lebanon and Israel. The new position offers superior operational and logistical capabilities and its location increases force protection and general security. It also gives greater visibility to the surrounding area and closer proximity to the Blue Line whilst providing greater support to our smaller UN posts 6-50, 6-52. The 106th IRISHFINN Battalion have moved to this location during the final stages of their six month tour of duty.
The 107th IRISHFINN Battalion will be commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Dave Dignam a native of Dublin currently based in Donegal who stated
"I am looking forward to the challenge of leading this joint Irish and Finnish unit in such a potentially volatile area. We have a tough six months of duty ahead if us, including Christmas away from home, but I have full confidence in my multinational team to get the job done."
The 177 Finnish Soldiers deployed by their country are an integral part of the IRISHFINN Battalion. Both Ireland and Finland share a common, solid reputation in peacekeeping worldwide as well trained and impartial professionals. Irish and Finnish Troops have most recently served together in joint units in Kosovo and Chad. Five Finnish Officers participated in the exercise ahead of their deployment next month.
The Battalion is equipped with substantial armour, anti armour and fire support capabilities which assist our personnel to carry out their mission across the full spectrum of peace support operations.
The Irish Defence Forces have extensive experience of the culture, geography and the people of South Lebanon and are proud to contribute to the Peace and Security in the region. The Defence Forces have 54 continuous years experience on peacekeeping operations in some of the most hostile countries in the world, protecting some of the most vulnerable people in the world.