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LÉ Eithne crew will accept the 'Freedom of Entry' honour at a ceremony held in Dún Laoghaire Harbour Plaza today, Friday 31 March at 13,00hrs. Afloat add that the LE Eithne's adopted homeport is Dun Laoghaire from where the public are invited to board for tours this afternoon and evening.
Navy
#FreedomShip - An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Councillor Cormac Devlin, cordially invites the public to a ceremony at 13.00hrs today (Friday, 31 March) to mark the conferral of an Honourary Freedom of Entry to the County for the…
The award will be conferred on the officers and crew of the LÉ Eithne at a special ceremony
Navy
In recognition of its international humanitarian service on behalf of the people of Ireland and the European Union, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has decided to award the Irish Naval Service the civic honour of "Freedom of Entry" to the county.…
The LÉ Aisling which was decommissioned has attracted just two bids at Cork auction today.
News Update
#AislingSold -Former Naval Service offshore patrol vessel Aisling, has been sold at a public auction in Cork for €110,000, reports RTE News. There were just two bids for the OPV, which was bought by a representative of a Dutch company…
Belgium Navy's BNS Castor, a Ready Duty Ship (RDS). Note at the stern of the 53m vessel is a RHIB craft positioned in its cradle-dock which when not in use has a raised sliding door in place.
Naval Visits
#ReadyDutyShip – Afloat has an update to the Belgium Navy ship which docked in Dublin Port earlier this week having carried out a commemorative service on Monday. This was to mark the 30th anniversary of a UK-Zeebrugge serving ferry that…
A Greek ship broker and an Irish yacht club are among the inquiries made about the former LE Aisling seen with Tall Ships flotilla off Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Boat Sales
#AislingInterest - Interest from three foreign navies writes The Irish Times are among those who have expressed in acquiring the last Irish Naval Service ship to be built at Verolme Cork Dockyard, when it goes for auction later this month.…
The new ship will be the same class as LÉ Samuel Beckett (above), LÉ James Joyce and LÉ William Butler Yeats and the name George Bernard Shaw maintains the approach of naming this class of vessel after Irish literary greats.
Navy
The fourth Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) for the Irish Naval Service will bear the name of renowned Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw. The announcement was made during a traditional Keel Laying Ceremony, to mark a significant milestone being reached in…
A Galway city councillor has expressed disappointment to auction the former  L.É. Aisling and not retain as a floating museum in Galway Harbour from where the OPV was twinned with the mid-western port.
Galway Harbour
#AislingAuction – The Galway city councillor who proposed the decommissioned Naval patrol ship Aisling be retained by the State has said he is “very disappointed” that it is to be auctioned next month, writes The Irish Times. The ship is…
Nicknamed ‘the last of the Mohicans’, the LÉ Aisling set the bar under its first captain, the ‘Sheriff’, Lieut Cdr Peadar McElhinney.
Navy
#AislingAuction - The last ship built for the Irish Naval Service at Verolme Cork Dockyard is to go under the hammer at auction in Cork next month some nine months after it was decommissioned from service. As the Irish Times…
Naval Service Assists In Yacht Rescue Off Cork Harbour
Rescue
#Rescue - LÉ James Joyce was called on to rescue a man from a yacht in difficult conditions off Cork Harbour yesterday evening (Thursday 9 February). As RTÉ News reports, the Naval Service OPV was diverted from a routine patrol…
On Saturday the public can board the slick 6,000 gross tonnage 'Aquitaine' class French Navy FREMM frigate Provence during a call to the capital.
Naval Visits
#StealthShip - Presenting ‘stealth’ characteristics is frigate Provence of the French Navy which is to make a courtesy call to Dublin tomorrow and will be open at the weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. On Saturday the public are invited to board…
Naval Service OPV90 class L.E. James Joyce was one of three ships tasked in SAR missions for refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean in the year of 2016
Navy
#NavalReview - The Defence Forces in the year of 2016 have been tasked by the Government to play a central role in the 1916 Centenary Commemorative programme. Notwithstanding the ceremonial activities performed during 2016, Óglaigh na hÉireann maintained operations, contributing…
Bosun Gerry Dore is welcomed home yesterday by wife Geraldine and his daughters and mother-in-law at Haubowline Naval Base, Cork Harbour
Navy
#BeckettHome - In time for Christmas with an arrival home writes The Irish Examiner. Hugs, kisses, and a few tears of joy shed as the crew of the LÉ Samuel Beckett disembarked to be greeted by loved ones yesterday after…
A RIB of LE Samuel Beckett during a rescue mission. Speaking at the award ceremony An Taoiseach Enda Kenny said ‘This is a special tribute that endorses the efforts and sacrifices our personnel make’.
Navy
#EuropeAward - The Irish Defences Forces were presented The European of the Year award writes The Irish Times. The award was given by the European Movement Ireland in recognition of the Defence Forces’ contribution to international peacekeeping and humanitarian work.…
The Naval Service aided the rescue of migrants from a rubber vessel off Libya this morning
Navy
#Navy - The Naval Service’s LÉ Samuel Beckett assisted in rescuing 140 migrants from the Mediterranean off Libya this morning (Saturday 3 December), as The Irish Times reports. Food, water and medical treatment were provided to the people who were…
Minister Paul Kehoe inspects a Naval Service guard of honour during the new Defence Forces medal award ceremony held in Dun Laoghaire Harbour at the weekend.
Navy
#NewMedals – New International Operational Service Medals were presented to members of the Defence Forces by Minister Paul Kehoe in Dun Laoghaire Harbour at the weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The medals are in recognition of their humanitarian missions overseas which…
Naval Service RIBS at the scene in the Mediterranean were more than 500 migrant/refugees were rescued from rubber boats off the Libyan coast
Navy
#MigrantsRescue - LÉ Samuel Beckett located and rescued a total of 508* migrants from four separate rubber vessels in the early hours of yesterday morning. The search and rescue operation according to the Naval Service took place 50 nautical miles…

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