On arrival at Gormanston Camp, the Minister was greeted by the Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Sean McCann, General Officer Commanding the 2nd Eastern Brigade, Brigadier General Denis Murphy and Officer Commanding B Company 5th Infantry Battalion, Commandant Steve Howard.
Minister Killeen reviewed a Guard of Honour of members of B Company 5th Infantry Battalion. The Minister was then briefed by senior military personnel and shown around the Camp facilities.
Gormanston Camp consists of 261 acres and is one of the primary training facilities in the 2nd Eastern Brigade. Its facilities include a pistol range, gallery range, Air Defence range and Air Corps air to ground range as well as a number of open training areas. It is used to facilitate the basic training of recruits of the 2nd Eastern Brigade as well as providing the infrastructure for the ongoing training of the Brigade units.
Training of Reserve Defence Forces (RDF) Units also takes place in Gormanston, which hosts a number of RDF annual training camps each year. Gormanston Pistol range is also used by An Garda Síochána. The camp houses an Air accident facility (hangar) for the Irish Aviation Authority.
Speaking at the Camp Minister Killeen said “The range of facilities available at Gormanston make it an important training Camp which contributes to the internationally recognised high standard of the Defence Forces.”
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