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Lieutenant Commanders Nessa Maloney (LE Ciara), Grace Fanning, (LE Riosin) and Clare Murphy (LE Niamh).
Only just 6.5% of personnel account for women in the Naval Service but for the first time in its history, three of its ships - a third of the fleet - are being captained by female Lieutenant Commanders. As the…
Large guns must be stripped down for maintenance every three months. Above AFLOAT adds is LÉ Samuel Beckett which as above last week carried out primary armament gunnery drills involving its bow-mounted Oto Melara 76mm gun.
According to The Irish Times, the Naval Service is operating with about a third of the required number of personnel needed to safely maintain its weapons. There are currently only three armourers, also known as armament artificers, in the Naval…
Papers detail efforts by officials to prepare Minister Paul Keogh for media questions. In an announcement last June LÉ Eithne and LÉ Orla (above) were being taken out of active service due to personnel shortages which caused considerable anger among Defence Forces personnel.
At the Department of Defence, reports The Irish Times, they were unhappy with how the military responded to media queries about two Naval Service ships being taken out of service, internal documents show. An announcement last June that the LÉ…
LÉ Samuel Beckett
A Naval Service ship on Mediterranean rescue several years ago was unable to recover a migrant’s body that it had located in the water for several hours until it could confirm which EU state would accept it, a former mission…
Arriving to Dublin Port after a three-year absence, Italian Navy's training ship Amerigo Vespucci returned to the capital, with the ship’s commanding officer, Captain Stefano Costantino. AFLOAT adds the tallship the oldest ship in the Italian Navy (launched in 1931) had departed this morning with assistance of port tugs Beaufort and Shackleton. The next port of call is Bergen, Norway.
Italian tallship Amerigo Vespucci, once described by US sailors as the most beautiful in the world, (on Monday) docked at Dublin Port. As The Irish Times reported, Amerigo Vespucci is a training vessel for Italian Navy cadets who sail for…
The loss of LÉ Eithne is particulary damaging to the Naval Service fleet as it has the longest range of the nine-ships. AFLOAT also adds the flagship which is capable of 7,000 nautical miles at 15 knots is seen in coastal waters during a visit last month to the Port of Foynes on the Shannon Estuary
Relations between the Defence Forces and the Department of Defence have for decades been strained, with the former feeling ignored, unappreciated, or worse, writes The Irish Times. However, the state of relations between the military and civilian authorities is now at…
LÉ Eithne has been withdrawn from service because of crew shortages
The Government may delay plans for a 200 million euro “multi-role” Naval Service ship, amid continuing controversy over crewing shortages for the existing fleet writes Lorna Siggins  A joint civil-military meeting is due to take place today at the direction of…
Specialist diving unit is now reduced to less than one -quarter of its operational strength
Divers of the Naval Service which form an elite unit in the force is operating at less than a quarter of its intended capacity as a result of the Defence Force’s retention crisis. Naval Service Diving Section according to The…
LÉ Roísín at Cork Dockyard taken on June 30th 2019 as part of mid-life refit
The European Commission has received no formal notification to date that Irish fishery protection has been affected by Naval Service crew shortages writes Lorna Siggins Three ships are currently tied up in port, and Paul Kehoe, Minister of State with special…
Minister denied two Naval Service ships were docked over crew shortages, citing ‘maintenance’. Above AFLOAT adds is one of the two patrol vessels involved, flagship LÉ Eithne seen underway in 2017 off Cobh, Cork Harbour. The HPV was then heading for its 3rd deployment to the Mediterranean Sea to assist in humanitarian operations.
The political party Fianna Fáil has called on Minister for State for Defence Paul Kehoe to publish documents that would confirm his assertion that two Naval vessels as Afloat previously reported are docked for maintenance and not because the Naval…
Two ships, the LÉ Eithne helicopter patrol vessel (above) which has been in service since 1984, and the LÉ Orla coastal patrol vessel in service since 1988, have been tied up.
Two of the State’s nine Naval Service fishery patrol vessels will remain tied up indefinitely, in spite of the 10.1 million euro annual package of military salary and allowance increases approved by Government yesterday writes Lorna Siggins. The Government package…
The newest Naval Service patrol vessel L.E. George Bernard Shaw (of the OPV90 P60 class) during the annual fleet exercise FLEX held in recent weeks. AFLOAT also adds two of the remaining three patrol vessels that participated are seen on the horizon. They were (on left) LE Niamh and LE Orla leaving the final member LE Eithne to form the quartet involved out of a fleet total of 9 vessels.
In an announced from the Government an action plan to deliver a €10 million package to restore pay to members of the Defence Forces. As RTE reports, the Government said the package will immediately improve the take-home pay of members…
The €10.1 million package of measures will centre on increases in allowances paid to members of the Defence Forces rather than rises in core pay. Above AFLOAT adds the Naval Service conducted its annual fleet exercise FLEX in recent weeks and where four of the 9-strong fleet took part are seen at anchorage off the south coast among them in the foreground flagship LE Eithne (see related story link below).
It is expected that the Government will announce a new review of pay for up to 2,500 members of the Defence Forces with specialist or technical skills. The move, writes The Irish Times, will be in addition to the proposed…
The Naval Service's LÉ Eithne (pictured above) AFLOAT adds at the flagship's adopted homeport of Dun Laoghaire and coastal patrol vessel LÉ Orla will be taken off operational duty for the foreseeable future. Note the HPV is 'dressed overall' on the occasion of the flagship and crew who were conferred the 'Freedom of Entry' (see below to link 'navy's flagship).
A tie-up of two ships in port indefinitely is planned by the Naval Service due to a deepening manpower crisis. Of the three services in the Defence Forces, the naval service is suffering the most from a haemorrhage of personnel…
LÉ Samuel Beckett Afloat adds is the first of the OPV90 /P60 class which form a quartet out of a fleet total of 9 naval patrol vessels.
In the Irish Examiner's report today the number of sailors leaving the Naval Service paints a grim picture for the future of Ireland’s maritime armed service. More than 100 members of the service are likely to leave this year alone,…
The Irish Naval Service base at Haulbowline in lower Cork Harbour
An organisation which represents enlisted personnel in the Defence Forces says it's "very sceptical" about the Department of Defence's claim that it will address the accommodation crisis at Naval Service headquarters "as a matter of urgency". PDFORRA's president Mark Keane,…

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