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#LESamuelBeckett- The newest Naval Service OPV, L.É. Samuel Beckett (P61), the first of a pair of OPV90 class newbuilds, is to be commissioned into service at a ceremony held close to Dublin city's Samuel Beckett swing-bridge on Saturday, writes Jehan Ashmore. It is fitting that the newbuild which cost €49m is to be commissioned close to the Dublin's most modern bridge that spans the Liffey since its installation in 2009. Likewise of the navy's namesake newbuild, the swing-bridge arrived to…
#EmergencyExercise- Around 180 personnel from nine different agencies between them worked together at Waterford Airport and off the coast of Hook Head, to assess how well they would respond to a major disaster. According to Declan Geoghegan, operations manager with the Irish Coast Guard, the "nightmare" scenario would be a stricken passenger ferry with about 1,000 people on board and 100 miles offshore. For yesterday's simulation, the Naval Service's flagship LE Eithne (P31) was a 'ferry' that had sustained an…
#FisheryDetention – The day after the Naval Service's newest OPV90 class L.E. Samuel Beckett arrived at Haulbowline, the navy's second oldest unit, the 2001 built L.É. Niamh detained a Spanish registered fishing vessel, writes Jehan Ashmore. L.É. Niamh carried out the detention 100 nautical miles south of Union Hall, the detention was in regards of an alleged breach of fishing regulations. The OPV80 class sister, the leadship L.E. Roisin also detained a Spanish fishing vessel almost a fortnight ago. The…
#LEsamuelBeckett – L.E. Samuel Beckett (P61) the first of a pair of OPV 90m class newbuilds, each costing €49m, arrived into Cork Harbour this morning, marking a momentous chapter in the history of the Irish Naval Service, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 90m vessel of almost 2,000 tonnes sailed overnight from Babcock Marine's Appledore shipyard in north Devon, a distance of approximately 145 nautical miles. However that distance actually refers to her first sight of the Irish coast off Ballycotton, where…
#LEsamuelBeckett – Yesterday The Irish Times reported that the Irish Naval Service new €50 million offshore patrol vessel, LE Samuel Beckett (P61) is to sail in to Cork Harbour this morning (Wednesday 30 April) and welcomed to join the fleet at the Haulbowline Naval Base. The ship, built by Babcock Marine at Appledore in Devon, has been undergoing sea trials for the past few months but last night the Naval Service took ownership of the vessel and its captain, Lt…
#LEsamuelBeckett – The first of a pair of newbuild OPV's, the €50m (£41m) L.E. Samuel Beckett (P61) will be handed over to the Irish Naval Service at a Devon shipyard later, reports BBC News. The 90m (295ft) offshore patrol vessel is the first completed ship to be built at Appledore Shipyard, near Bideford, since 2002. The Naval Service ordered two vessels from the shipyard (Babcock Marine) in October 2010 for €99m (£81m). The second, to be name James Joyce (P62)…
#TrawlerDetained – LÉ Roisin (P51) a Naval Service OPV detained a Spanish registered fishing vessel last week for alleged breaches of fishing regulations. The fishing vessel was detained approximately 100 nautical miles south-west of Mizen Head and headed to Castletownbere, Co.Cork at the weekend and from where she was handed over to the Gardaí. So far this year, the Naval Service have carried out 250 boardings and 17 warnings issued, and with the Spanish vessel becoming the third vessel detained…
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