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#NavalLEADER - Alan Shatter, Minster for Justice has promoted a Naval Service leader to the position of Defence Forces deputy chief of staff for the first time in the State's history. Commodore Mark Mellett was confirmed in the new position by Cabinet today, the promotion is in recognition of the importance of the maritime economy and patrolling one of Europe's largest sea areas. For more on this story Lorna Siggins of The Irish Times reports.  
#EmerNIGERIA– As previously reported, the former Naval Service vessel LE Emer, which stood down last month after 35 years has been sold to a new owner who says he's unsure on private or security role for the vessel in the Niger Delta. The vessel was sold at auction in Cork yesterday for €320,000 to London based Nigerian businessman Cyprian Imobhio. Mr. Imobhio, chief executive and managing director of Uniglobe Group, said he had got the LE Emer, stripped of its…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 14:28

L.E. Emer Sold to Nigerian for €320,000

#EmerSOLD– A Nigerian company director has brought the former Irish Naval Service OPV L.E. Emer (P21) at auction for €320,000 reports RTE News. The new owner has yet to decide whether to convert it for pleasure use or use it as a commercial security ship off west Africa. There were two other bidders, one from Cork and the other based in the UK. Afloat.ie adds that the public auction was organized by auctioneer Dominic J. Daly at the Carrigaline Court…
#TrawlerDetentions – Two foreign fishing vessels were detained on Saturday by the Naval Service for alleged technical breach of fishing regulations. The most recent detention took place in the evening when the Naval Service flagship L.É. Eithne (P31) detained a French registered fishing vessel approximately 120 nautical miles off the west Clare coast. The vessel was to be escorted by L.É. Eithne to Castletownbere, from where the vessel was expected to be handed over to An Gardaí Síochána. Earlier that…
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 14:02

Naval Service Fleet 'Stuck In Dry-Docks'

#NavalMaintanance – Almost half the Naval Service fleet was simultaneously out of action due to maintenance problems, a military conference has been told. According to the Irish Independent which has more on this story, the troops attending the conference heard that three out of the eight vessels were in dry dock together for "unscheduled" repairs. The plight of the Naval Service was revealed last night by Gerry Rooney, general secretary of PDFORRA, the representative association for soldiers, sailors and aircrew.…
#TrawlerDetained- Naval Service 'flagship' L.É. Eithne (P31)detained a French registered fishing trawler yesterday, approximately 150 nautical miles south off Mizen Head on the Cork coastline. The detention was in relation to an alleged technical breach of fishing regulations. The vessel was to be escorted and arrive alongside Cobh this morning and handed over to An Gardaí Síochána. This brings to a total of 804 vessels boarded in 2013 by the Naval Service. There have been 24 warnings issued and this…
#NavalNEWBUILDS – L.E. Samuel Beckett, the first of a pair of newbuild OPV vessels under construction for the Naval Service was expected to be floated-out next month, however this has been re-scheduled to November, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported last Friday's edition of 'Seascapes' exclusively featured a recorded  interview of Commodore Mark Mellett, Flag Officer Commanding of the Naval Service, who spoke of the floating-out of the first new offshore patrol vessel. According to the Naval Service, it now…
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