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In the last two days, RIBS from LE Samuel Beckett were deployed to rescue more than 400 refugee migrants off Libya
#BusyBeckett - In the space of two days, LÉ Samuel Beckett has carried out three separate rescue operations involving more than 400 people in the Mediterranean off north Africa. The first incident took place yesterday, almost 40 nautical miles off…
Migrants rescued from the barge by LE Samuel Beckett northeast of the Libyan capital
#MigrantsRescued - A total 772 migrants were rescued by LÉ Samuel Beckett from a large wooden barge during a “complex search and rescue operation” off the coast of Tripoli, Libya. The operation writes The Irish Times was carried out on…
A flyover by the Air Corps at the commissioning of LÉ William Butler Yeats in Galway where on Monday An Taoiseach endorsed plans for another newbuild but equipped with full medical facilties
#HospitalShip - The Naval Service have plans for a newbuild which would be equipped to provide full medical facilities at sea have been endorsed by Taoiseach Enda Kenny. The Irish Times writes that a White Paper on Defence promises a…
The new €66m LE William Butler Yeats seen undeway, was named and commissioned in a ceremony held at her adopted homeport of Galway yesterday
#OPV90named - A new Irish Naval Service vessel costing in the region of €66m has been formally commissioned at a ceremony in Galway Port, reports RTE News. After an address by the Taoiseach at Galway Harbour yesterday, the LÉ William…
Minister of State with special responsibility for Defence Paul Kehoe presenting the new international operational service medals to Irish Navy Service personnel
#Medals - Personnel from Irish Defence Forces writes RTE, who have taken part in humanitarian operations abroad have been presented with a new medal in Rosslare Harbour. Minister of State with special responsibility for Defence Paul Kehoe presented the new…
A rigid inflatable boat (RIB) from LE Samuel Beckett with rescued migrants on board
#MigrantRescue - The Naval Service recently deployed LÉ Samuel Beckett, located and rescued a total of 130*migrants yesterday during a search and rescue (SAR) operation. The rescue took place 22 nautical miles NE of Tripoli, Libya. The rescue operation arose…
A record number of rescued migrants in one day was carried out by the Naval Service OPV
#RecordRescue - Records were broken by LÉ Samuel Beckett last night with the biggest migrant total transported to safety in one single day, writes The Irish Examiner. The Naval Service patrol ship was steaming towards an Italian port with 652 rescued…
LE James Joyce which rescued almost 2,500 people off north Africa, has returned to a large welcome in Cork Harbour
#JoyceReturns - The LÉ James Joyce has since this report by The Irish Times returned to Cork Harbour this morning. The OPV90 class ship was welcomed by Minister of State for Defence, Paul Kehoe following a deployment in the Mediterranean in…
A photo taken from the Navy vessel LE Niamh of the trawler rescue by Courtmacsherry lifeboat 20 –miles off Seven Heads last night
RNLI Lifeboats
The Courtmacsherry RNLI All Weather Lifeboat has arrived in Union Hall with the stricken 60–ft fishing boat that had got into difficulties some seven hours earlier. The crew reported via a Mayday call at 5.46 pm last evening that they…
The Naval Service newest addition the OPV90 class LÉ William Butler Yeats which made a maiden call to Dun Laoghaire Harbour this weekend
#FirstVisit - LÉ William Butler Yeats, the third OPV90 class with another sister on order costing €55m, departed Dun Laoghaire Harbour having made a maiden call this weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The latest OPV90 class otherwise known as the ‘Samuel…
The newest OPV90 class, LE William Butler Yeats (above at Haulbowline, Cork Harbour) made her maiden call to Dun Laoghaire Harbour this afternoon
#FirstVisit - The newest Naval Service patrol vessel, LÉ William Butler Yeats, the third so far of the OPV90 class has made a maiden call to Dun Laoghaire Harbour this afternoon, writes Jehan Ashmore. LÉ William Butler Yeats made her…
Leadship of the OPV90 class LE Samuel Beckett departs Cork Harbour to return to the Mediterranean
#BeckettReturns - L.É. Samuel Beckett departed Cork Harbour for the Mediterranean this morning, writes the Evening Echo, as the Naval Service continues its role in European search and rescue operations in the region. The OPV90 class patrol vessel departed from…
LÉ William Butler Yeats berthed at Haulbowline in August 2016
#Navy - Taoiseach Enda Kenny will officiate the twinning of the new Naval Service vessel LÉ William Butler Yeats with the city of Galway on Monday 17 October, as the Connacht Tribune reports. The City of the Tribes was previously…
Migrants rescued in an operation that included recovery of bodies from a pair of rubber craft off Libya
#Recovery - In a search and rescue mission, LÉ James Joyce, tragically recovered bodies while locating 265 migrants from two rubber vessels 32 nautical miles NW of the Libyan capital, Tripoli. A total of 5 people were declared dead, including…
A rigid inflatable boat (RIB) of the LE James Joyce with migrants rescued on board
#migrantsrescue - A Naval Service vessel writes The Irish Independent at the weekend rescued more than 400 migrants as part of its operations in the Mediterranean. The LE James Joyce and her crew were part of a mission co-ordinated by…
Sir Ernest Shackleton – sculpture unveiled
Hello and welcome aboard your maritime programme Seascapes, this week we bring you highlights from the unveiling of a fine sculture by Mark Richards in Athy, Co Kildare on the centenary to the day of the rescue of the Endurance…

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