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The Naval Service’s newest ship LÉ George Bernard Shaw (P64) berthed alongside Haulbowline Naval Base, Cork Harbour. The €67m newbuild under the command of Lieutenant Commander Frank O’Connor made a delivery voyage across the Celtic Sea from a UK shipyard.  Afloat adds the vessel's primary armament a 76mm OTO Melara Naval Gun is to be fitted in the coming weeks.
#NavalService - The newest Irish Naval Service Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) LÉ George Bernard Shaw completed a delivery voyage from a UK shipyard to Cork Harbour, writes Jehan Ashmore. Minister with responsibility for Defence, Mr Paul Kehoe TD, welcomed the…
Irish Naval Service’s LÉ Niamh (above) along with sister Afloat adds, Roisin the namesake of the OPV80/ P50 class patrol vessels would undergo a mid-life refit as part of Defence Forces spending which in 2019 will increase by €47.5m to almost €1b
#NavalService - Naval Service along with the Army and Air Corps that form the Defence Forces reports The Irish Times, has received significant extra money for purchases of new equipment next year. Morale in the Defence Forces has been hit…
RMS Leinster: A waterfront walk of remembrance through the harbour town of Dun Laoghaire took place yesterday on the centenary anniversary of the WWI disaster. There was a great turnout for the special day where Afloat adds the procession passed close to the RMS Leinster (anchor) memorial opposite Carlisle Pier, from where the steamer departed but would never return.  Note appropriately those dressed to represent 'RMS' passengers walk ahead of officials prior to arriving at the state ceremony held beside the dlr Lexicon Library.
#rmsLeinster - The First Minister of Wales along with Irish dignitaries, ambassadors among them from the UK and Germany attended in Dun Laoghaire yesterday a state commemoration ceremony on the centenary of the sinking of RMS Leinster, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
RMS Leinster moored in Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire) in between the East Pier and on the right of image the Carlisle Pier
#rmsLeinster - A request from the Mail-Boat Leinster Centenary Committee for use of the Naval Service largest patrol vessel to carry out a wreath-laying ceremony at the wreck site off the Kish Bank tomorrow has been declined, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Above L.E. James Joyce Afloat adds is the current Naval Service vessel involved in Operation Sophia.
#NavalService - The Tánaiste Simon Coveney has ruled out suspending Ireland's Naval Service involvement in the Mediterranean migrant rescue mission and bringing crews home to deal with staff shortages. As The Irish Times writes, Independents4Change TD Clare Daly claimed “the…
The Irish Naval Service base on Haulbowline Island, Cork Harbour, homeport to a fleet of eight patrol vessels.
#NavalService - The Irish Times writes that the head of Defence Forces has sought to make a verbal submission to the Public Sector Pay Commission because of the seriousness of the military pay issue in the view of himself and…
The LÉ Niamh was one of two ships held at base over crew shortages last week
#Navy - According to The Irish Times, two Naval Service vessels were prevented from leaving their Haulbowline base last week due to crew shortages. The LÉ Orla and LÉ Niamh were both kept at their docks while reserve members were…
One of the RIBS equipped on board the newbuild P60 Class L.E. George Bernard Shaw which yesterday evening departed Appledore (above) in the UK, to carry out sea trials this month in the Bristol Channel. The use of RIBS is to have the ability to intercept, board and inspect vessels at sea is critical to Maritime Defence and Security Operations.
#NavalService - Afloat has tracked the Irish Naval Service's latest offshore patrol vessel carry out sea-trials which involved the €67m newbuild in the Bristol Channel while off the north Devon coast from where the ship was built, writes Jehan Ashmore. The newbuild…
Brian Jones sailing Jelly Baby. Scroll down for photo gallery
A stiff southwesterly breeze with a cloudy sky was the order of the day for the annual Naval Race at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour writes Bob Bateman. This year the organisers chose a central location in the Harbour…
Revenue are also involved in the international drug smuggling surveillance operation
#Crime - Three men are in custody and their yacht impounded in Cork on suspicion of drug trafficking. As RTÉ News reports, the Naval Service detained the vessel, which had sailed from South America, off the Kerry coast yesterday (Wednesday…
A twinning ceremony for LÉ William Butler Yeats is to take place this weekend in the City of Galway. Afloat adds the newest OPV P60 class vessel in service, is seen above underway departing Cork Harbour. A newbuild sister, LE George Bernard Shaw is scheduled for sea trials this month.
#GalwayHarbour - The mid-west city of Galway is to be twinned with the Irish Naval Service newest ship, LÉ William Butler Yeats, at a reception this weekend to mark and honour the relationship between the city and vessel. As the…
Spanish defence ministry tweets NATO hashtag during exercise between its frigate and LÉ James Joyce which Afloat adds is seen underway in the Meditteranean
#NavalService - The Irish Times writes the Department of Defence denied that a Naval Service patrol ship was involved in any NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) exercise or operation during a manoeuvre with a Spanish frigate in the Mediterranean earlier (last…
LÉ William Butler Yeats at Haulbowline in 2016
The Irish Times reports that the Naval Service has detained a Spanish fishing vessel that had more than 5,000 shark fins. Last week, the Virxen da Blanca, one of a fleet longline fishing for shark of the South West, was…
Irish Defence Forces personnel from the Naval Service along with UK's NCA and Border Force officers have intercepted a catamaran containing cocaine off the coast of Cornwall.
#NavalService - A catamaran has been found with a "significant quantity of cocaine" when seized in the English Channel in an operation involving Irish Defence Forces. As RTÉ News reported, five men have been arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling.…
L.E James Joyce in the central Mediterranean while undergoing a Replenishment at Sea (RAS) exercise with the German Navy auxiliary tanker/tender FGS Mosel.
#NavalService - Previously on Afloat, the Irish Naval Service P60 class LÉ James Joyce was featured conducting 'Friendly Approaches', this time the OPV is seen pictured above undergoing a replenishment at sea (RAS) exercise. The Offshore Patrol Vessel, LÉ James…
An impression of Cammell Laird BAE Systems 'Leander' frigate underway at sea
#Shipyards - Merseyside based shipbuilder Cammell Laird in Birkenhead, has announced it has built a network of more than 2,000 suppliers as it steps up its bid to build a cutting-edge warship as Afloat previously covered.  The UK west coast…

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