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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…
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…

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