These pictures show the Defence Forces conducting a dramatic ‘Viking Landing II’ training exercise at Poolbeg last night.
There was some confusion among Dubliners living near the Poolbeg area last night, while the Defence Forces conducted the military exercise from 9pm and 1am last night.
“Viking Landing II” took place at Pigeon House at Poolbeg and was designed to “test” junior leaders in the Defence Forces.
The exercise challenged participants in the “area of command and control in a MOUT (Military Operations in Urban Terrain) environment involving boats, pyrotechnics and low flying helicopters.”
It was the third of three test appointments with others occurring in Gormanstown, Co Meath, and the Curragh camp in Kildare.
The students were exposed to “to the contingencies, complexities and irregularities of urban warfare” during the exercise.
A spokesperson for the Defence Forces said: “Exercise Viking Landing II also exercised and tests interoperability between all three services of the Defence Forces (Army, Navy & Air Corps) with the Air Corps providing helicopter support, and 2 Brigade Army Engineer Group and Naval Service Reserve elements providing Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boats (RHIBS) for amphibious deployment of personnel.
“Other units involved include 2 Brigade Military Police, 7 Infantry Battalion and Army Reserve elements in supporting roles.”
The exercise forms part of a six month course, run by 2 Brigade Training Centre, that qualifies Private Soldiers for promotion to the rank of Corporal.
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