The Irish Defence Forces are well ahead of their counterparts when it comes to planning against terrorist hijacking of passenger ferries.

Sky News defense correspondent Alistair Bunkal reported that French Special Forces have just carried out their first counter-terrorism exercise in on a ferry in the English Channel — the Irish have carried out several such operations in recent years.

Mr. Bunkal showed footage of the Irish operation as an example of how a textbook anti-terrorist exercise at sea should be carried out.

The Army Ranger Wing successfully deployed assault team elements by sea and by air onto the Stena Superfast Ferry before securing the vessel as it approached Dublin Port. LÉ James Joyce and the Air Corps CASA were used to locate, track and provide surveillance of the Ferry. ARW assault teams simultaneously boarded the Ferry from AW139 Helicopters and Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats before securing the vessel.

The joint operations exercise was led by the Defense Forces Special Operations Task Group (The Army Ranger Wing) and supported by the Air Corps and Naval Service with a Defense Forces HQ Command and Control (C2) element.

The Special Operations Forces led scenario exercised the command and control, communications, intelligence and surveillance gathering capabilities of the Defense Forces.