Menu

Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

In association with ISA Logo Irish Sailing

Irish Navy Ships
Prince Charles at the NMCI's simulator in Ringaskiddy where nearby is the Irish Naval Base, also where the historic visit was made in Cork Harbour
#NavyNews - On visit to Cork Harbour writes the Irish Examiner, the Prince of Wales discovered that piloting a ship is like riding a bike – you never lose the knack. More than 40 years after he commanded a British…
The Irish Navy
The operations of the Naval Service at its Headquarters on Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour are to be reviewed, reports Tom MacSweeney. This follows on the approval by Bord Pleanala of planning permission for the controversial hazardous waste incinerator at…
The migrants are aboard the Aquarius in the Mediterranean Sea
#MigrantCrisis - An offer by Spain to take in a rescue ship reports RTE News, that is drifting in the Mediterranean sea with 629 migrants on board after Malta and Italy refused to let it dock. The humanitarian ship Aquarius…
SOS Méditerranée posted photos of rescued migrants
#MigrantCrisis - BBC News reports a rescue vessel carrying 629 migrants is stranded in the Mediterranean after Italy's new interior minister refused permission for it to dock. Matteo Salvini, leader of the right-wing League, said Malta should accept the Aquarius…
Crew members of L.É. Samuel Beckett (which docked in Valletta, Malta) with their 'Operation Sophia' medals presented in recognition of their role in disrupting human-trafficking and smuggling in the central Mediterranean
#Navy - Crew members of L.É. Samuel Beckett in Malta last weekend were presented with their Operation Sophia medals from the Irish Naval Service, writes Jehan Ashmore. Flag Officer Commanding Naval Service (FOCNS) Commodore Michael Malone visited Valletta Harbour last…
Prince Charles and wife Camilla in Co. Donegal during their visit to the Republic in 2016. The couple are to visit the Irish Naval Base, Cork Harbour in mid-June.
#NavyNews -  A tour by the Prince of Wales of an Irish Naval Service patrol ship, to retrace steps of his ancestors in Cork and Kerry and be briefed on world-renowned conservation projects around Killarney are planned during his visit…
Al-Karama, formerly LE Aisling, sails in to Benghazi last week to join Libya’s naval fleet
#Navy - A former Naval Service OPV is now the flagship of Libya’s military. According to the Irish Sun, top Libyan military officer General Khalifa Haftar is now in possession of the former LÉ Aisling, which was put up for…
Auxiliary veteran of the Belgian Navy, command and support ship BNS Godetia (A960) built in 1965 at the Boelwerf in Temse. The ship is seen in Osstende in early April loading humanitarian supplies for West Africa from where the vessel had been deployed on anti-drugs and humanitarian mission. The naval visitor called to Dublin Port over last weekend along with BNS Bellis a minecounter measures vessel which remains in port.
#NavalVisits - A Belgian Navy 'Tripartite' class minecounter measures vessel remains in Dublin Port whereas an accompanying command logistics supportship which had been on a mission to west Africa, departed the capital yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore. Also taking place yesterday,…
Lieut Cmdr Anthony Geraghty on board LE William Butler Yeats in Dublin Port yesterday, where Afloat adds the OPV90 class vessel remains in port as a trio of European navalships arrive in the capital today and over the May Bank Holiday weekend. (See story: Naval Visits)
#Navy - Ireland’s military engagement was given strong support in humanitarian and peacekeeping operations it was heard at two separate events held in Dublin. As The Irish Times writes, Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes told a meeting of the Irish…
LÉ Samuel Beckett seen underway heading upriver off Blackrock Castle to Cork City-centre quays.
#Navy - Leadship of the Irish Naval Service OPV90 class, LÉ Samuel Beckett is departing today for the Mediterranean to take part in 'Operation Sophia'. As The Irish Examiner reports, Ireland first joined the EU naval operation against smugglers and…
Rescue 115 was called out to locate the Ocean Pioneer after it lost power and all means of communication
#Rescue - A fishing trawler in distress off the Irish coast has been found after concerns that it had sunk, as the Irish Examiner reports. Contact was lost with the 22m Ocean Pioneer after it was left without power some…
HMS Charger the last of a trio of Archer P2000 class patrol craft to arrive into the Irish Naval Service dock basin of the base located on Haulbowline Island, Cork Harbour
#NavalVisits - At this stage of the UK’s Royal Navy University Boat Squadron tour the last visit was to Kinsale Harbour and followed calls to Cork, Waterford and Dublin, where the flotilla is to return for the Easter Weekend, writes…
LÉ Samuel Beckett seen underway in Irish waters
#Navy - A visitor to Waterford City today (Saturday, 24 March) is the leadship of the OPV90 class LÉ Samuel Beckett which is open to the public this afternoon between 2pm and 4pm.. The 'Samuel Beckett' class offshore patrol vessel…
This on board bow view shows the moment as the latest Irish Naval Service newbuild OPV90 LÉ George Bernard Shaw is floated-out from the building hall at Babcock's shipyard in Appledore, north Devon, UK.
#Navy - The latest Irish Naval Service newbuild, LÉ George Bernard Shaw was floated-out for the first time from a UK shipyard, writes Jehan Ashmore. LÉ George Bernard Shaw costing €67m, is the fourth of the offshore patrol vessel (OPV90…
Watch Drone Video Of Naval Service Ship’s Tight Manoeuvre Into Port
#Navy - The Naval Service has posted to its Facebook page a remarkable video captured by drone of the LÉ William Butler Yeats carefully berthing in its home port at Haulbowline in Cork Harbour. The €66 million vessel, which was…
The Irish Naval Service OPV LÉ Niamh which between October and December last directly rescued 613 people and helped other ships to rescue 107 more
#Navy - It is expected the Government is to announce next Tuesday to agree to send two Naval Service ships to the Mediterranean in an effort to help the European Union’s mission to rescue migrants and reduce people-smuggling . If…

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

DBSC
Howth Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Irish Yacht club

Featured Associations

ISA sidebutton
ICRA
isora sidebutton

Featured Events

corkweek sidebutton
tokyo sidebutton
roundireland sidebutton
wave regatta

Featured Chandleries

chmarine sidebutton
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