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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LÉ Eithne has been withdrawn from service because of crew shortages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,…
The Public Service Pay Commission is likely to propose increases in military service allowances for Army personnel and to patrol duty allowances for Naval Service members, sources said. Above L.É. William Butler Yeats annual inspection recently held in the Port of Galway.
#navy - An increase in take-home pay for members of the Defence Forces is likely to be recommended by the Public Service Pay Commission when it reports to the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe today (yesterday). The commission, The Irish…
A rather wet and dull day during the commissioning ceremony of the Naval Service newest OPV P60 class L.É. George Bernard Shaw which took place at the Port of Waterford last week (see Navy news).
#navy - Irish Government must address the crisis in the Defence Forces which has now reached the point where its effectiveness is so broken that it can no longer guarantee the security of the State and its citizens, a protest…
LÉ George Bernard Shaw berthed at Haulbowline Naval Base in October 2018
Waterford welcomes the Naval Service’s newest offshore patrol vessel LÉ George Bernard Shaw for its official naming and commissioning ceremonies today, Tuesday 30 April. Public viewing of the ceremonies will be from the William Vincent Wallace Plaza in the city…
More than 400 soldiers, sailors and members of the air corps have flocked from the Defence Forces in the last four years, before finishing their training. Above Afloat adds is the Naval Service base located in Haulbowline Island in lower Cork Harbour.
#navy - Next Saturday a parade will be held in Cork, Echolive reports, to highlight concerns about pay and conditions of members of the Naval Service. The Parade for Respect and Loyalty will take place at 12 noon on the…
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…

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