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Saturday 21 April 2018

WATCH: Irish Defence Forces' latest mission looks like it's straight out of Hollywood

Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

The Irish Defence Forces carried out its most complex-ever exercise in the Irish Sea yesterday... and it looked like it was a scene straight out of Hollywood.

Bystanders may have thought Star Wars was being outshone by a new show in town, but in fact it was the Irish Defence Forces' latest misson.

The Army Ranger Wing practiced what they described as "assault team elements", approaching their target from sea and air.

The footage released shows the teams successfully target the Stena Superfast Ferry and manage to board the vessel before it approached Dublin Port.

The LÉ James Joyce and the Air Corps CASA were used to locate, track and provide surveillance of the ferry.

Meanwhile, Army Ranger Wing teams simultaneously boarded the ferry from both AW139 Helicopters and RIBs before securing the vessel.

The Defence Forces Special Operations Task Group, otherwise known as the Army Ranger Wing, conducted the joint operation.

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