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The Defence Forces growing manpower crisis has left the Naval Service unable to confirm if it can bring two tied-up ships back into operational service this year. In an unprecedented move last June, it was forced to bring LÉ Eithne…
LE George Bernard Shaw, the newest Naval Service patrol vessel Afloat adds on annual fleet exercise conducted last year
A submission from an expert group to the government says it must bolster the Naval Service to protect the country's maritime security. The submission, seen by the Irish Examiner, was made by the Irish Maritime Forum, an independent and non-political…
A third of those who paid to leave early had studied nautical science while others studied engineering, financial maths, geomatics, financial management, strategic risk management and global security
Officers in the Defence Forces have paid up to €67,000 each to buy their way out of their military careers early rather than continue to serve for the time they initially agreed, it has emerged. The Irish Times has established…
The leadship of the Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV90) P60 class LÉ Samuel Beckett at sea
The Defence Forces has despite ever-decreasing numbers due to the retention crisis, has managed to undertake a mammoth number of operations during the year, ranging from guarding visiting dignitaries to naval fishery patrols, bomb disposal, and airlifting seriously ill patients…
Defence Forces cutbacks coupled with an ever-increasing shortage of naval personnel, have made Ireland the softest target in the EU for international drug smugglers, a security expert has warned. Almost a quarter of the Naval Service's ships, reports, were…
Al Karama is now refitted with weapons, the vessel was formerly the Irish Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Aisling, having been originally sold to a Dutch firm.
A former patrol vessel of the Irish Naval Service, LÉ Aisling, was sold to one of the participants in the civil war in Libya last year in breach of a UN arms embargo, the UN Security Council has been told.…
LÉ Samuel Beckett departs Naval Base in Cork Harbour on patrol duties
A naval officer says it is high time that the State defends its critical national infrastructure by protecting the transatlantic cables that pass through Irish waters. As the Irish Examiner reports, Lieutenant Shane Mulcahy, attached to the Naval Operations Command…
Newest Naval Service offshore patrol vessel (OPV) LÉ George Bernard Shaw opens to the public this weekend (7th and 8th Dec) while alongside Rathmullan Pier, Lough Swilly in Co. Donegal. Also above is an older version of the class, the OPV LÉ Niamh at sea along with a Coastal Patrol Vessel (CPV).
Newest Naval Service vessel, LÉ George Bernard Shaw is to open to the public for guided tours this weekend (7th-8th December) at Rathmullan Pier in Lough Swilly, Co. Donegal. Navy personnel of the latest offshore patrol vessel (OPV90) P60 class…
Serving members of the Irish Naval Service who spend at least 80 days at sea will be eligible
A special tax credit by the Government is to introduced for sea-going naval personnel from next year. Serving members of the Naval Service, who spend at least 80 days at sea, will be eligible for the credit worth €1,270 per…
The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ William Butler Yeats (above) detained the fishing vessel about 59 nautical miles north-west of Valentia Island
A Spanish registered fishing vessel has been escorted into Galway by the Naval Service after it was detained off the Kerry coast writes Lorna Siggins. The vessel was inspected by the Naval Service patrol ship LÉ William Butler Yeats and…
Pierre-Emmanuel De Bauw, Ambassador of Belgium to Ireland made a visit on board BNS Louise-Marie in Dublin Port during a week which also saw a momentous political outcome as a Brexit-Deal was finally agreed in Brussels, the capital of Belgium.
A Belgian Navy frigate conducting exercises in the Irish Sea was tracked by Afloat days in advance of a visit to Dublin Port and in the run up to this week's Brexit Deal finally struck in Brussels, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Following LÉ Samuel Beckett (P61) visit to the USA in New York during the recent United Nations Climate Action Summit, AFLOAT adds the 'Beckett' /P60 class leadship OPV has departed New York (above: Statue of Liberty) and is underway to Boston where the offshore patrol vessel will be open to the public tomorrow, Friday and Saturday (10.00- 17.00hrs)
President of the Defence Forces representative body Pdforra has said conditions for members are so bad that 80 naval personnel are living on (ships), some of which were deemed to be unsuitable for accommodation when they were commissioned 35 years…
File photo of the Defence Forces chief of staff Vice Admiral Mark Mellett
An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said strengthening the Defence Forces (which includes the Naval Service) will take time and retaining personnel at present was a “real challenge”. However, he said he was confident “we are back on track” after military…
President Michael D Higgins
Ministers reports The Irish Examiner, have described comments by President Michael D Higgins that members of the Defence Forces should have sufficient incomes as “deeply unhelpful”. Mr Higgins’s comments on Wednesday night caused widespread surprise, anger, and bemusement in Government…
President Michael D Higgins and Vice Admiral Mark Mellett presented Able Mechanician Ryan O’Driscoll with the The Respect award at Aras an Uachtarain
A Naval Service diver who was involved in migrant rescue in the Mediterranean is one of seven recipients of Defence Forces value awards conferred by President Michael D Higgins on Wednesday evening writes Lorna Siggins Able Mechanician Ryan O’Driscoll, originally…
Naval Service base at Haulbowline, Cork Harbour
The Irish Examiner writes, the number of recruits paying to get out of the Defence Forces before their training has even finished confirms claims the retention crisis can't be overcome by major recruitment drives alone. Figures obtained by Jack Chambers,…
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