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#LESamuelBeckett – The Naval Service newest newbuild OPV L.E. Samuel Beckett (P61) this week has undergone her shipbuilders sea-trails in the Bristol Channel, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 1,900 tonnes OPV90 class 'enhanced Roisin class' which cost  €49m was floated-out in November, carried out sea-trials and among her route included a call offshore of Ifracombe on the North Devon coast and around Lundy Island. She returned yesterday to her builders, Babcock Marine in Appledore which is approached through the estuary of…
#SamuelBeckett – At first glance L.E. Samuel Beckett (P61), the first of a pair of longer (90m) newbuild OPV's which was floated-out at Babcock Marine's Appledore shipyard in November, displays a notably larger mast compared to her predecessors, writes Jehan Ashmore. Images of the €49m L.E. Samuel Beckett reported on the North Devon Gazette, show her leaving the enclosed shipyard on 3 November and berth alongside the tidal quay of the north Devon facility. It is understood that work on…
Sunday, 23 February 2014 08:47

Navy Ship LE Niamh Operating In Stormy Seas off the Irish Coast

#navy – A view from the bridge of  LE Niamh, shows just how rough conditions can be around our coast for the Irish Navy on patrol. But, as this Defence Forces footage reveals, the 78m vessel is designed for just such winter North Atlantic operations.  The ship, the youngest in the Irish fleet, was designed by STX Canada Marine (formerly Kvaerner Masa Marine) and has an all-steel hull based on the Mauritian Vigilant patrol vessel launched in 1995, but without the…
#navy – The Irish Navy has acquired a 'Navigator Diver Held Sonar and Navigation System' manufactured by Shark Marine Technologies Inc. of Ontario, Canada. The navy divers believe the system equipped with forward-looking multi-beam sonar will assist them in their diving operations, in particular in search and recovery operations and underwater security. The Naval Service Diving Section (NSDS) is the primary State diving team, carrying out varied tasks for a number of State Agencies. Members of the NSDS used the NAVIGATOR…
Saturday, 07 December 2013 10:47

New Flag Officer for Naval Service

#FlagOfficer- The Irish Times writes that a new flag officer, Cmdr Hugh Tully who has 36 years experience with the Naval Service has been appointed. Cmdr Tully takes over the role of Flag Officer Commanding Naval Service from Rear Admiral Mark Mellett, who as previously reported on Afloat.ie, was promoted last month to Defence Forces deputy chief of staff – the first time a Naval Service officer has held this senior position. Cmdr Tully was Officer Commanding Naval Operations at…
#TrawlerDetained – An Irish registered fishing vessel was detained by the Naval Service OPV OPV L.É. Aoife (P22) on Wednesday approximately 40 nautical miles South East of Cork. The detention was in relation to an alleged breach of fishing regulations. This is the second detention carried out by L.É. Aoife this week when a UK registered fishing vessel was involved and also off the Cork coastline. The latest detained vessel is being escorted by to Cobh, it is expected to arrive…
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 11:59

UK Registered Trawler Detained by Naval Service

#TrawlerDetained – The Naval Service OPV L.É. Aoife (P22) detained a fishing vessel registered in the UK approximately 70 nautical miles south of Cork. The detention was in relation to an alleged breach of fishing regulations. According to the Naval Service the vessel was in the process of being handed over to the UK Maritime Management Office and expected to leave Irish waters and return to a UK port last night. This latest incident brings to 926 the total number…
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