Members of the Defence Forces serving abroad have sent Christmas messages home for their families.
The Defence Forces has the longest unbroken record of overseas service with the United Nations of any country in the world - since first deploying to a UN mission in 1958.
In 2019, Defence Forces personnel served overseas on missions with the United Nations, NATO PfP (Partnership for Peace), EU and OSCE Peace Support and Security Operations across 14 missions in 13 countries.
There are currently 595 Defence Forces personnel serving overseas.
The largest Defence Forces deployment is in South Lebanon with UNIFIL, where over 330 Irish personnel are deployed.
In November Ireland partnered with Poland on this mission, enhancing and developing our interoperability.
The Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) also contribute nine personnel.
Ireland currently has over 130 personnel deployed with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force in the Golan Heights, Syria (UNDOF).
Brigadier General Maureen O'Brien took up the appointment of deputy force commander of UNDOF in September.
The Defence Forces commenced its first deployment to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in September.
This deployment will continue for a two year period.
Smaller numbers of Irish soldiers also serve with European Union Training Mission (EUTM) Mali, Bosnia and Kosovo.
Ireland currently has Naval Service and Air Corps personnel working on Operation Sophia in Rome.
This mission's objective is to disrupt organised criminal networks involved in illicit activities - including smuggling of migrants, human trafficking and terrorism.
During 2019, the Defence Forces deployed one ordnance officer, on three occasions, as a member of the Joint Technical Group on Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (JTGDDR) to Mozambique.
And in August 10 personnel were deployed as part of the Force HQ Staff with the EU Battlegroup (EUBG) 2020 to Stadtallendorf, Germany.
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