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Ordinary Seaman Craig Clear is winched to an overhead helicopter from the deck of the LÉ William Butler Yeats
Navy
#Navy - A Naval Service seaman has expressed his gratitude to the Spanish coastguard for saving his life, after he fell ill while on humanitarian duty in the Mediterranean. According to the Irish Examiner, Craig Clear was airlifted to Almeira…
Naval Redezvous: L.É. William Butler Yeats on left heads further into the Mediterranean while east off Gibraltar. The flagship LÉ Eithne is seen heading homeward bound when the naval vessels met on 17 July
Navy
#navy - Irish Naval Service flagship LÉ Eithne is due to arrive back in Cork Harbour this weekend while a fleetmate is already in the Mediterranean to continue humanitarian duties by saving lives at sea, writes Jehan Ashmore LÉ Eithne…
Life And The Sea: A Special Commemoration At SeaFest 2017 This Evening
Galway Harbour
#GalwayHarbour - A civic and military service to remember all those who have lost their lives at sea and recognise the heroism of all in our rescue services will be held in Galway Harbour this evening (Friday 30 June). Mayor…
At the scene of the rescue operation, LE Eithne off the coast of Libya
Navy
#Refugees - LÉ Eithne of the Irish Naval Service writes the Journal.ie has rescued approximately 183 people yesterday (25 June) in the Mediterranean Sea, just north of the Libyan capital Tripoli. While on patrol at around 6 am, the LÉ…
The HPV LE Eithne yesterday rescued refugee migrants off Libya during Operation Pontus. Note the addition of the awning covering the HPV's heli-deck, to provide shelter to those rescued from the wind and sunny climate of the Mediterranean.
Navy
#RefugeeRescue- Following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, LÉ Eithne yesterday located and rescued a total of 135 migrants off Libya. The migrants were found on an inflatable craft approx 83Km off the north-west coast of Tripoli.…
Paul Kehoe refuses to comment on criticism from Italian authorities of LE ‘Niamh’ in not entering territorial waters of Libya during a refugee rescue operation in August 2015. Above a RIB dispatched from LE Samuel Beckett assists a rescue last year.
Navy
#MinisterDefends - Paul Kehoe Minister of State for Defence has said he was immensely proud of the Naval Service as the LE Eithne and its crew prepared to depart for the Mediterranean to assist in the rescue of refugees fleeing…
Naval Service flagship LE Eithne underway on exercise. The HPV is to depart today on its second deployment to assist in humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean
Navy
#EithneToMed - Patrol vessels of the Naval Service will be deployed for a third summer of humanitarian operations in the Mediterranean. As Independent.ie writes the Naval Service flagship, LE Eithne, has been assigned to begin the rotation of three ships in…
Former Irish Naval Service LE Aisling which was sold for €110,000 but is said to be back on market at €685,000. The vessel renamed Avenhorn was towed from Cork in late April and is seen above just after delivery voyage to Rotterdam.
News Update
#AislingResale - An auctioneer in Cork who handled the State’s sale of the Naval Service patrol ship LE Aisling for €110,000 has said he is not surprised if the vessel is now being advertised at multiples of that figure, writes…
LÉ Niamh had informed the Italian coastguard it was too dangerous to proceed to the vessel as it was too close to the Libyan coast, according to extracts of recordings cited in evidence during a trial in Palermo, Sicily.
Navy
#DeploymentDelays - Tensions between a Naval Service patrol ship and the Italian coastguard writes The Irish Times, have emerged during a trial of three Libyan men accused of people trafficking in the Mediterranean. The exchanges have led to a call…
Farewell Aisling: The former Naval Service OPV passes off Cobh, Cork Harbour for the final time last night, Sunday under tow to the Netherlands.
News Update
#FarewellAisling! - The former LÉ Aisling which was sold at public auction this date last month departed Cork Harbour for the final time last night marking an end of an era, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 36 year old Offshore Patrol…
File photo of LE Aisling while undergoing work to the mainmast when berthed in the Naval Service basin in Haulbowline, Cork Harbour. It is from this basin that the sold OPV is to be towed tomorrow, Sunday to the Netherlands.
News Update
#Aisling2SetSail- The former LÉ Aisling which was sold at public auction last month has been renamed Avenhorn by Dutch owners, and is expected to depart Cork Harbour tomorrow for the final time, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat has noted that the…
The HPV LE Eithne 'dressed overall' when docked in Dun Laoghaire recently on occasion of the Naval Service conferred 'Freedom of Entry to the County' by DLRCC. This was in recognition of the humanitarian role carried out by the navy in the Mediterranean where the HPV is set to return on such duties.
Navy
#MigrantMission - Flagship LE Eithne of the Naval Service is to be deployed again on humanitarian missions in the Mediterranean Sea, so to assist in the ongoing refugee migrant crisis off north Africa, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 1984 built Helicopter…
The twin funnels of the Naval Service flagship LE Eithne which is twinned with the adopted homeport of Dun Laoghaire. The heli-deck 'dressed overall' is clearly seen in this on board view with the backdrop of the town where Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council last month bestowed the 'Honourary of Freedom of Entry to the County'. This was in recognition of the significant humanitarian role of the Naval Service in the Mediterranean.
Navy
#AdoptedPorts – The ‘Freedom of Entry to the County’ bestowed to the Naval Service by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council last month took place in the harbour where flagship LE Eithne is twinned with the town. So what about the rest…
John Leech, Chief Executive of Irish Water Safety
Island Nation
The Chief Executive of the State agency responsible for promoting water safety has been telling me about an interesting piece of research which his organisation carried out over the past two months. The purpose of this research on water safety…
US battleships in Cork harbour in 1917
Island Nation
On May 4, 1917 the American Navy arrived in force in Cork Harbour. Five thousand sailors with the task of protecting the southern waters off Ireland from German submarines. The United States had entered the First World War in support…
An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Councillor Cormac Devlin presenting the 'Honorary Freedom of Entry to the County' to Lt Cdr. Brian Fitzgerald, commander of LÉ Eithne. The flagship is twinned with the south Dublin Bay harbour town.
Navy
#FreedomShip – At a special public event held in Dun Laoghaire Harbour a conferral of ‘Freedom of Entry’ was presented to crew of LÉ Eithne on behalf of the Irish Naval Service, writes Jehan Ashmore. In the presence of ambassadors…

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