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FRC Medal Parade
The 46th Infantry Group (46 Inf Gp) have, following nearly six months of hard work and dedicated service to a complex mission, come to the time for recognition of this service and endeavor. Last Tuesday, 17th March, the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) Commander, Major General Purna Chandra Thapa was joined with the Irish Defence Forces’ Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, Major General Ralph James in congratulating members of the 46 Inf Gp on their achievements and hard work over the last number of months. Together with the Senior Irish UNDOF Officer, Brigadier General Anthony Hanlon they presented the Officer Commanding 46 Inf Gp, Lieutenant Colonel Denis Harrington and the men and women under his command, the UNDOF medal to recognize their service. The day, coinciding with the Irish National Day, was a major milestone in particular for the young men and women completing their first overseas tour. Overseas service is a key component of service for men and women of the Irish Defence Forces and receiving the UNDOF medal is a source of tremendous pride and achievement for these Irish soldiers.
Fiji Day Celebrations
Fiji Batt celebrated the 44th Fiji Independence Day celebrations on 10 October 2014 in Camp Ziouani.
Fiji became an independent sovereign state on 10th October 1970 when its colonial status was abrogated. Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, first Prime Minister of independent Fiji, received from Prince Charles the documents evidencing Fiji’s independence. That independence was and remains a great source of pride and joy to all Fiji citizens.
The Republic of the Fiji Military Forces have celebrated Fiji Day in its own way with the various countries that they have been deployed to. Guests who are new to Fiji’s culture and traditions are treated especially on Fiji Day Celebrations with the traditional food and dance and the ever-present warm and cheerful hospitality that the Fijian soldiers are known around the world for.
Fiji Day is a day of reflection and unity where all races and diverse cultures in Fiji unite and celebrate with their families and friends of its prosperity and peace that has remained intact since 10 October 1970.
SAVIOURS OF THE MISSION
Saturday 16 August 2014 marked a special day in UNDOF history as the tunes of the RFMF Brass band reverberated through the Camp Faouar Parade Square. The UNDOF Force Commander and Head of Mission, Lieutenant General Iqbal Singh Singha officiated the sombre hand over between the outgoing CO, Lt Col Sitiveni Qiliho and the incoming CO, Lt Col Isoa Loanakadavu. The solemn occasion also saw the respective handing over of the Regimental Sergeant Major’s Pace stick between the incoming and outgoing RSMs.
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MEDAL PARADE ON MT. HERMON AND CAMP FAOUAR
Auspicious medal parade ceremony took place in Mt Hermon Base, Hermon south, Hermon Hotel and Position 12 of NEPCON on 14 and 15 Aug 2014. The Force Commander/Head of Mission, Lt Gen. I. S. Singha proudly awarded the UNDOF medal to 67 contingent personnel and 2 Nepalese Staff Officers. There he addressed the troops praising for their hard effort, they have contributed to maintain the peace and security within the Area of Responsibility of UNDOF. He mentioned the glorious bravery of Nepalese contingent in UN PKO and even addressed the troops in Nepali language, building the pride and moral among the peace keepers. Similarly, on the morning of 15 Aug 2015, another medal parade was conducted on Camp Faouar, where COS/HOM Maj Gen. Michael Finn awarded medals for 10 military observers of OGG-D.
Irish Counter Improvised Explosive Device Equipment arrives in Camp Faouar

15 July, 2014 - The deployment of an Irish Counter Improvised Explosive Device (CIED) team to UNDOF marks a significant development in Force Protection measures available to the Force Commander and to UNDOF and provides UNDOF with the capability to preserve Freedom of Movement (FoM) of UNDOF personnel in their Area of Operations. Furthermore, it assists UNDOF in maintaining the security of UN posts and positions by conducting ESSC (Explosive Specialist Search & Clearance) and IED disposal operations as directed.

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USG Peacekeeping Operations, Mr Herve Ladsous visits UNDOF

23 June, 2014 - The Under-Secretary General Peacekeeping Operations, Mr Herve Ladsous visited UNDOF during the period 22-23 June. He was received by the Head of Mission and Force Commander, Lt Gen Iqbal Singh Singha before being accorded with a guard of honor by soldiers of FIJIBATT. During his visit, Mr Ladsous interacted with the troop contributing countries (TCCs) as well as UNDOF’s civilian staff. He also visited UN positions in the area of operation.

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