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#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…
#NavyMedSwap- Naval Service flagship LÉ Eithne is off Spain heading homebound for Cork Harbour following completion of humanitarian refugee duties, while replacement LE Niamh is already in the Mediterranean, writes Jehan Ashmore. This afternoon the 1,800 tonnes LÉ Eithne is offshore of the north-west of Spain. The 1984 built HPV is understood to arrive this Friday to her homeport of the Naval Service base on Haulbowline. It is from the naval base where OPV LÉ Niamh departed almost a week…
#navy – L.É. Niamh under the command of her captain, Lieutenant Commander Daniel Wall departs the Naval Base, Haulbowline this evening, en route for the Mediterranean to assist the Italian authorities in the humanitarian operation to rescue migrants fleeing North Africa.The Minister for Defence, Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D., had announced earlier this month that L.É. Niamh would deploy to the Mediterranean to continue Ireland's contribution to the search and rescue mission. L.É. Eithne has spent the past eight weeks in…
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 12:08

Irish Navy Pick Up Suspected Med Trafficker

#MedTrafficker - The LE Eithne has picked up a suspected people smuggler amongst 646 desperate migrants has been arrested by Italian Police. Bairam Ltayef (24), a Tunisian national, was detained in the Sicilian capital Palermo after he was identified by refugees who were interviewed by officers. It is understood that the crew of the LE Eithne were unaware that the man was a suspected trafficker. Drowned It is estimated that at least 1,850 people have drowned in the Mediterranean this…
#EithneMalta - Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney, T.D. earlier today met Naval Service personnel crew of the L.É. Eithne (P31) in Valetta, Malta. The flagship under the command of her captain, Commander Pearse O'Donnell and his crew are continuing to undertake a key role in assisting the Italian authorities with the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. The Minister is accompanied on his visit by Minister for Justice & Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, T.D. and Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion…
#NewChiefOFstaff - Rear Admiral Mark Mellett DSM writes The Irish Times has been nominated by Minister for Defence Simon Coveney for the appointment by the President as chief of staff of the Defence Forces. Rear Admiral Mellett was appointed to the position of deputy chief of staff of the Defence Forces in November 2013. From Co Mayo, he joined the Naval Service in 1976. His first command was the LÉ Orla in 1992, followed by the LÉ Ciara in 1997…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 08:56

Naval Service Rescues More Migrants

#EithneMedCrisis - In operations that took place in two separate incidents writes The Belfast Telegraph, about 50 miles north-west of the Libyan capital Tripoli, men, women and children were taken off two wooden barges. The crew of the LE Eithne (P31) took part in the first search and rescue after transferring a group of 593 migrants to HMS Bulwark (L15). The first rescue started at about 8am Irish time when 330 people were safely taken from a barge and immediately…
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