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Presenting a sleek profile: LE George Bernard Shaw (P64) with a crew of 44 personnel, made a first visit to Dun Laoghaire Harbour last weekend when alongside Carlisle Pier.
#navy - A first-ever visit to Dun Laoghaire Harbour of the Naval Service newest OPV P60 class took place last weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The fourth of the Offshore Patrol Vessel class sisters to enter service, LÉ George Bernard Shaw…
L É James Joyce with naval ratings Afloat adds while alongside the Oil Wharf at the Naval Service naval base on Haulbowline Island, Cork Harbour
#navy - Reserve personnel in the Defence Forces writes the Irish Examiner are being discriminated against because they are not getting the same pay and conditions as regulars in the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps. One extraordinary anomaly is…
Smoothly away. The Defence Forces’ crew in the J/109 Joker II going well at the start of the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2018 at Wicklow. But in order to be there, they’d to use military principles to fit their preparations into a very tight time-frame. Photo: Afloat.ie/David O’Brien
It was while crossing the Atlantic on the Sail Training Brigantine Asgard II during a celestial navigation module of his Naval Service education in 1999 that Barry Byrne had something of an epiphany writes W M Nixon. He’d been introduced…
Making an impressive scene as LÉ Eithne ploughs seemingly into a head sea, Afloat understands the location of the departing Naval Service flagship is Waterford Estuary
#navy - PDforra, the organisation representing enlisted personnel in the Defence Forces has said recruitment in the Naval Service has reached a new crisis point and the only way to solve it is with pay increases to retain personnel. As…
LÉ Samuel Beckett opens to public tours in Galway today during the afternoon between 14.00-16.00hrs.
#navy - The Irish Naval Service offshore patrol vessel, LÉ Samuel Beckett, will be offering guided tours to the public in the Port of Galway today, Saturday, 12th January.  The Samuel Beckett writes Galway Daily is currently docked in Galway…
Naval officers at commissioning ceremony held on Haulbowline Naval Base, Cork Harbour
#NavalService - Organisation that represents Defence Forces officers says it doesn’t have confidence that the Public Service Pay Commission (PSPC) will deliver much-needed pay increases for lowly-paid sailors, soldiers, and aircrews. As the Irish Examiner writes, the warning from Raco…
LÉ George Bernard Shaw is to open to public tours in Galway Docks
#NavalService - LÉ George Bernard Shaw, the latest ship to join the ranks of the Irish Navy, will be open for the public to look around next week in Galway Docks. As the Galway Daily writes, LÉ George Bernard Shaw…
LE Eithne detained two fishing boats in the Irish Sea and were (yesterday) escorted to Howth Harbour. Above the Naval Service flagship which AFLOAT highlights is the last ship built in the Republic by Verolme Cork Dockyard 1984, is seen in Dublin Bay while on a previous patrol off Howth Peninsula.
#NavalService -  Fishing boats, both Irish-registered have been detained in the Irish Sea for alleged breaches of fishing rules. It was part of an overnight operation The Irish Examiner writes by the Naval Service patrol vessel LE Eithne when officers…
Crane operations saw the installation of the 76mm Oto Melara gun, the primary armament fitted onto the newest OPV90 P60 class LÉ George Bernard Shaw, that took place in the Irish Naval Service Base in lower Cork Harbour
#NavalService - Completion towards the Irish Naval Service newest OPV90 P60 class, LÉ George Bernard Shaw took a notable step forward this week with installation of primary armament at the newbuild's homeport in Cork Harbour, writes Jehan Ashmore. Crane operations…
The bridge of the Irish Naval Service flagship, LÉ Eithne accredited as the first ship in the history of the navy to achieve ”paperless navigation”.
#NavalService - The Irish Naval Service flagship LÉ Eithne has recently been accredited as the first in the fleet to achieve "paperless navigation” writes Jehan Ashmore The 1984 custom-built P30 class Helicopter Patrol Vessel (HPV), Afloat adds notably the last…
A picket by Defence Force members outside the offices of elected representatives in Clondalkin, Co. Dublin
#NavalService - The Echo.ie writes of appalling pay and conditions endured by those in the Defence Forces saw retired members picketing politicians’ constituency offices across the country. In Clondalkin Village last Saturday, former Defence Forces members picketed to remind local…
Detention of fishing vessel by LÉ Samuel Beckett took place off Mizen Head, Co. Cork
#NavalService- A fishing vessel has been detained by the Irish Naval Service off the coast of Mizen Head, Co. Cork in relation to “an alleged breach of fishing regulations”. The vessel writes Independent.ie was detained by the Naval Service offshore…
Pictured are siblings of Corporal Patrick ‘Bob’ Gallagher, Peter, Pauline, Theresa and Rosemary  with a portrait of their brother Corporal Patrick Gallagher and replica of USS Gallagher at the reception in recognition of naming of the ship USS Patrick Gallagher hosted by Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring
Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring hosted a special reception for the Gallagher family in recognition of naming of the ship USS Patrick Gallagher by US Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer earlier this year. Corporal Patrick ‘Bob’ Gallagher” from…
This day last week, 27 October, marked the 30th anniversary (1988) at Rosyth Naval Base, Scotland where a pair of UK Royal Navy 'Peacock' class vessels that were based in Hong Kong, were handed over to the Irish Naval Service, where they continue to serve proudly and with distinction as LÉ Orla (P41) and LÉ Ciara (P42). However they are among the oldest in the fleet.
#NavalService - A pair of Peacock class UK Royal Navy patrol vessels that had been based in Hong Kong, were handed over to the Irish Naval Service 30 years ago, writes Jehan Ashmore. The pair LÉ Orla (video) the former…
LÉ Roisin one of the P50 class 'pair' to be included in the extension survey. AFLOAT adds above the OPV80 vessel in the Atlantic Ocean at the Kinsale Gas Field, off the Cork Coast. The Irish Naval Service contract awarded to Tymor Marine headquartered in Aberdeen, is the centre of Scotland's North Sea offshore oil & gas industry, a sector the consultancy is also involved.
#NavalService - A contract from the Irish Naval Service has been awarded to a Scottish based marine architecture consultancy, Tymor Marine to support the vessel mid-life overhaul programme. As Naval-Technology reports, Tymor headquartered in Aberdeen, will provide the Irish Navy with…
A crew member of LÉ James Joyce along with Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett (on right) and Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe who commented on the arrival: "It was a privilege to greet ship captain Lt commander Martin Brett and the rest of the crew who will now enjoy a well-earned break with their families".
#NavalService - LÉ James Joyce completed a 100 day tour of duty in the Mediterranean Sea as part of EUNAVFOR-Med, Operation Sophia, having returned yesterday to its homeport of Cork Harbour to be welcomed by families and loved ones alongside…

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