Welcome home Troops – 118th Infantry Battalion

Date Published : December 1st, 2021    Published By : admin

The final rotation of Irish troops from the 118th Infantry Battalion, United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) returned home today.

The 190 troops arrived at Dublin Airport following a six-month deployment to South Lebanon.

A total of 341 Defence Forces personnel deployed with the 118th Infantry Battalion. Drawn from many different Units across the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps, the majority of the 118th Infantry Battalion personnel come from the 6th Infantry Battalion based in Custume Barracks, Athlone.

The unit worked as part of a multinational battalion, comprising of Irish, Maltese, Polish and Hungarian personnel, collectively referred to as IRISHPOLBATT.

Photo Courtesy Defence Forces Press Office

Their replacements, the 119th Infantry Battalion, have completed their deployment to Lebanon and have joined their UNIFIL colleagues in theatre.

The total number of personnel that deployed to UNIFIL with the 118th Infantry Battalion on this rotation is 341. This tour saw seventy-eight (78) personnel travelled overseas with the Defence Forces for the first time.  

Personnel from 118th Infantry Battalion represent 28 counties across Ireland; the 5 counties with the most representation are Westmeath, Kildare, Dublin, Cork and Offaly.

Welcome home troops!

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