Menu

Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

In association with ISA Logo Irish Sailing

Irish Navy Ships
LÉ Samuel Beckett the leadship of the P60 class OPV90 quartet which AFLOAT adds yesterday docked in Dublin Port to berth along Sir John Rogersons Quay.
#navy - Patrol ship captains of the Irish Naval Service are being forced to seek ‘volunteers’ to crew their vessels due to decreasing numbers available. The Irish Examiner has learned the Naval Service is desperately trying to crew a nine-ship…
 LE Eithne AFLOAT adds is seen on completion of a previous deployment in the Mediteranean Sea. The flagship was homeward bound which involved an en-route call via the Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta.
#navy - The deployment of patrol vessels by the Naval Service is to end in the EU's big migrant rescue operation in the Mediterranean. The move writes Independent.ie follows a decision by the EU to stop maritime patrols of the…
Vice-Admiral Mark Mellet emphasises need for co-operation to safeguard State security
#navy - The Irish Times writes that it is the breaking down of barriers which is central to what Mark Mellett sees as his role as Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces. The obstacles are within the Defence Forces…
LE Niamh (P52) opens to the public for guided tours in Port of Galway today 21st March and tomorrow Friday 22 March between 13:00-17:00
#navy - LÉ Niamh an offshore patrol vessel of the Naval Service is in the Port of Galway this week and is offering the public guided tours. The OPV writes GalwayDaily will be alongside Galway this today and Friday, with…
The detained NI registered fishing boats berthed in Port Oriel in Clogherhead, Co. Louth
#navy - In Dundalk Bay, two Northern Ireland-registered fishing vessels were detained on Tuesday evening of this week. As RTE News reports, they were detained by the crew of the LÉ Orla who were carrying out their normal patrols in…
Members of the Naval Service Recruit Class 'Sullivan' at their Passing Out Parade at the Naval Base, Haulbowline, Co. Cork.
#navy - Increasingly the Naval Service is taking on more foreign-born recruits, which is a bonus when it comes to dealing with trawlers fishing off the coast that hail from a number of different countries. As the Irish Eaminer writes,…
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…

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

DBSC
Howth Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Irish Yacht club
Royal Saint George Yacht Club

Featured Brokers

mgm sidebutton
bjmarine sidebutton
xyachts sidebutton

Featured Associations

ISA sidebutton
ICRA
isora sidebutton

Featured Events

tokyo sidebutton
sovscup sidebutton
vdlr sidebutton

Featured Chandleries

CHMarine Afloat logo
viking sidebutton

Featured Sailmakers

northsails sidebutton
uksails sidebutton

Featured Marinas

dlmarina sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
podcast sidebutton
BSB sidebutton
sellingboat sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating