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#NamingCeremony - Afloat can reveal the Naval Service newest newbuild OPV LÉ James Joyce (P62) is to be named and commissioned during a ceremony to be held in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, writes Jehan Ashmore. The joint ceremony of the second OPV90 'Beckett' class which was delivered to Irish waters almost a fortnight ago is scheduled to take place on 1 September at the south Dublin Bay harbour. The €50m LÉ James Joyce is to berth alongside the harbour's Carlisle Pier,…
#RefugeeRecovery - During the course of a Search and Rescue Operation (SAR) yesterday 80km north-west of Tripoli, Libya, the LÉ Niamh (P51) rescued 210 migrants and recovered 14 bodies from a wooden barge. According to the Defence Forces, at 4.30 pm yesterday the LÉ Niamh under command of Lieutenant Commander Danial Wall carried out a rescue operation with Medécins Sans Frontiére vessel MV Dignity 1 at a wooden barge estimated to have 500 migrants on board. During the course of…
# LÉjamesjoyce - LÉ James Joyce (P62) the Naval Service's newest OPV was showed off as she made her maiden calls to Dun Laoghaire Harbour followed by Dublin Port where she docked yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The €50m newbuild was delivered to the Naval Service less than a fortnight ago from a UK shipyard as the second of a trio of OPV90 or 'Beckett' class. The Offshore Patrol Vessel has yet to be officially named and commissioned into service.  LÉ James…
#NewShipName – The third OPV90 class ship for the Naval Service is to be called LÉ William Butler Yeats. The announcement was made yesterday by Minister for Defence, Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D. The newbuild is scheduled for delivery in July 2016 and will be the same build as LÉ Samuel Beckett delivered in 2014 and LÉ James Joyce, which arrived to the Naval Base, Haulbowline last Thursday.  Afloat.ie, adds that newest of the OPV90 class berthed at the Naval Base Oil…
#OnBoardBirth – The Irish Examiner writes that a woman on board the Irish Naval Service vessel LÉ Niamh which rescued her in the Mediterranean has given birth to baby girl. The baby who's been named "Destiny" was delivered by Irish medics (yesterday) afternoon. Mother and baby have been transferred to an Italian Coast Guard vessel and are doing well. They are now on their way to the Port of Trapani in Sicily, to receive post natal care. Last weekend as…
#NiamhMedRescue – LÉ Niamh (P52) has successfully conducted a Search and Rescue (SAR) Operation of almost 100 refugees on Saturday. The operation took place 76 nautical miles north-west of the Libyan capital Tripoli. The SAR of 98 migrants in the Mediterranean was the first since LÉ Niamh departed Irish shores as previously reported on Afloat.ie. The OPV8O class vessel which has a crew of 57 and two army medical staff replaced LE Eithne (P31) which returned to Cork Harbour on…
#NavalService - After a successful nine-week deployment to assist in the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean, the Naval Service vessel LÉ Eithne returned today (Friday 17 July) to the Naval Base and Dockyard at Haulbowline in Cork Harbour where they were met by crowds of cheering families and friends. A total of 3,377 people were rescued by LÉ Eithne from the waters between Libya and Sicily as part of the humanitarian operation to rescue migrants fleeing North Africa, codenamed Operation…
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