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The Irish Navy yacht Tailte competing in yesterday's RCYC White Sails Coastal Race. See Photo Gallery below
Royal Cork Yacht Club's annual Naval Race in Cork Harbour was sailed as a coastal fixture on Saturday with the Navy sending its yacht Tailte out from Haulbowline to compete. After a short leg across the harbour, the RCYC spinnaker…
LÉ Niamh was to go on patrol last Monday but was forced to cancel when a communications specialist earmarked for the four-week patrol was unable to join the crew due to illness.
Naval Service manpower crisis continues, writes Irish Examiner, with ships being delayed going on patrol because they are short of a specialist crew member. LÉ Niamh was to go on patrol last Monday but was forced to cancel sailing when…
Commander Roberta O’Brien pictured earlier this year before her promotion
Roberta O’Brien was one of the first women to enter the Naval Service when she joined as a cadet in 1995. Then in 2008 she broke the glass ceiling by becoming the first female captain of a navy patrol vessel,…
Ryan Tubridy joined the crew of LÉ Ciara (P42) who were delighted yesterday to welcome onboard the RTE broadcaster for his 'Ryan Tubridy Show' with a tour of the ship and a 'spin' around Dalkey Sound in Dublin Bay. ‘L plates’ were also placed up on a window of the wheelhouse, as Tubridy took his turn of the helm under the tutelage of the P42’s coxswain.
Ryan Tubridy was a guest of the Irish Naval Service yesterday having taken a private tour and coastal trip onboard LÉ Ciara from Dun Laoghaire Harbour into Dublin Bay before the onset of Storm Ellen, writes Jehan Ashmore. The broadcaster…
Sub-Lieutenant Tahlia Britton is the first female member of the Naval Service’s elite diving unit
A gunnery officer from Donegal has become the first female diver in the history of Ireland’s Naval Service, as RTÉ News reports. Sub-Lieutenant Tahlia Britton received her diving log book along with two other newly qualified divers in a ceremony…
Claire Murphy of the Naval Service: 'We could have been looking at a serious pollution incident on the Wild Atlantic Way.'  Above Afloat adds according to the NS, LÉ Niamh (P52) completed towing operations and the casualty vessel (Aqua Transporter) has been safely anchored in Galway Bay.
Off Ireland's west coast a potential ecological disaster was averted when the Naval Service intervened to prevent a cargoship laden with oil from crashing against rocks. Aqua Transporter, reports Irish Examiner, was carrying 32,000 cubic tonnes of fuel and two cubic…
LE William Butler Yeats crew in Navy RIB boarding a trawler 250 miles north of Malin Head on July 16
A German-registered Spanish fishing vessel detained last week by the Naval Service near Rockall had been at the centre of an alleged confrontation off the Scottish coast last month. As The Irish Examiner reports, the 29-metre Pesorsa Dos was detained…
The exhibition of the Press Photographers Association of Ireland (PPAI) is currently on display in DLRCoCo's The 'Lexicon' public library in Dun Laoghaire. The Irish Naval Service twitted congratulations to MarkCondren who was named Press Photographer of the Year & received the PPAIAWARDS 1st place award in the Politics category (for his photograph above of then Taoiseach Leo Varadkar) during the naming and commissioning of the navy's newest ship, LÉ George Bernard Shaw (P64) in Waterford City last year.
An award winning news photographer's work by Mark Condren of Independent.ie, is now on display at the ‘Press Photographer of the Year’ 2020 exhibition at dlr LexIcon in Dun Laoghaire. The exhibition will be on display until August 31 and…
Navy could be set to serve abroad.Naval Service could be deployed on overseas missions - Horn of Africa to thwart raids by Somali pirates on international commercial shipping. Above is a cadet of the 59th cadet class training on onboard LÉ Samuel Beckett (P61) which includes modern Electronic Chart Display & Information Systems (ECDIS) to provide enhanced safety & Op capability of the naval fleet, but the paper chart is still where cadets learn principles of coastal navigation.
The role of Ireland in overseas peacekeeping missions could well be enhanced when Defence Forces numbers are back up to the minimum establishment strength of 9,500. Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has revealed he's in favour of the Naval Service…
The (German) boat was detained by the LÉ William Butler Yeats offshore of Donegal. Afloat adds the 'P63' is the third of a quartet of P60 /Playwright OPV vessels built in the UK.
A fishing vessel, RTE reports, registered in Germany has been detained by the Irish Naval Service off the northwest coast. The boat was detained by the LÉ William Butler Yeats approximately 250 nautical miles northwest of Malin Head. It was…
The Naval Service has confirmed that it's had to “deep clean” one of its ships after a sailor was confirmed as having the virus. Above Afloat adds is the Haulbowline Naval Base in located in lower Corlk Harbour
Two representative associations of the militiary are seeking financial compensation for troops who are forced to leave their families two weeks prematurely to go into compulsory Covid-19 quarantine prior to deploying on overseas missions. Meanwhile, the Naval Service has confirmed…
LÉ William Butler Yeats (P63) on patrol
Irish Navy ship LÉ William Butler Yeats (P63) detained a French registered fishing vessel approximately 25 miles west off the Great Blasket Island this afternoon. The detention was in relation to alleged breaches of fishing regulations. LÉ William Butler Yeats…
Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney TD said that the Naval Service needs a “response” from him well in advance of a Commission which is to be set up to examine all aspects of Defence.
Taking control at the Department of Defence is Tánaiste Simon Coveney who said one of his immediate priorities in the role will be to address the manpower crisis in the Naval Service, writes Irish Examiner. A year ago, the navy…
At the bow sailors on board the Irish Naval Service vessel LE Eithne as the HPV ship prepared to depart (Tuesday) Cork city quays after the end of a role in support of the HSE in the fight against Covid-19 coronavirus. AFLOAT hightlights the removed Main Armament of the ship which consisted of the bow-mounted Bofors 57mm Canon / LIOD Fire Control System. As RTE reported on Wednesday when the HPV departed, the ship was returning into operational reserve at the Naval Base on Haulbowline in lower Cork Harbour.
Following three months from a new recruitment drive that was unveiled to entice former members of the Defence Forces to rejoin, not one of the 646 applicants is back in uniform. Just 12 have been chosen so far to be…
Covid-19: Port of Cork tug Gerry O’Sullivan paying its own water-canon display tribute to the Naval Service flagship LÉ Eithne as the HPV was the last of the six naval vessels deployed under Operation Fortitute. The flagship returned downriver to the Naval Base at Haulbowline and into operational reserve (according to RTE News). In the foreground AFLOAT adds at Albert Quay is berthed Arklow Fame, the last 'sea-going' ship to use the dry-dock in Dublin Port as reported when it closed in 2016, though the Liffey based 'static museum tallship' Jeanie Johnston was the last vessel to use the facility.
In Cork City along the quays the Health Service Executive paid special thanks to the Defence Forces for its support during Covid-19 at a ceremony (yesterday). Frontline staff and members of the emergency services deployed their blue emergency lights and…
Crew shortage in the Naval Service
A year ago after being forced to tie-up two ships due to manpower shortages, the Naval Service continues to haemorrhage personnel and may have to take another vessel off operational duties later this year. Military sources have told the Irish…

The Irish Navy Fleet

The Naval Service is the State's principal seagoing agency. The Naval Service operates jointly with the Army and Air Corps.

The fleet comprises one Helicopter Patrol Vessel (HPV), three Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV), two Large Patrol Vessel (LPV) and two Coastal Patrol Vessels (CPV). Each vessel is equipped with state of the art machinery, weapons, communications and navigation systems.

LÉ EITHNE P31

LE Eithne was built in Verlome Dockyard in Cork and was commissioned into service in 1984. She patrols the Irish EEZ and over the years she has completed numerous foreign deployments.

Type Helicopter Patrol Vessel
Length 80.0m
Beam 12m
Draught 4.3m
Main Engines 2 X Ruston 12RKC Diesels6, 800 HP2 Shafts
Speed 18 knots
Range 7000 Nautical Miles @ 15 knots
Crew 55 (6 Officers)
Commissioned 7 December 1984

LÉ ORLA P41

L.É. Orla was formerly the HMS SWIFT a British Royal Navy patrol vessel stationed in the waters of Hong Kong. She was purchased by the Irish State in 1988. She scored a notable operational success in 1993 when she conducted the biggest drug seizure in the history of the state at the time, with her interception and boarding at sea of the 65ft ketch, Brime.

Type Coastal Patrol Vessel
Length 62.6m
Beam 10m
Draught 2.7m
Main Engines 2 X Crossley SEMT- Pielstick Diesels 14,400 HP 2 Shafts
Speed 25 + Knots
Range 2500 Nautical Miles @ 17 knots
Crew 39 (5 Officers)

LÉ CIARA P42

L.É. Ciara was formerly the HMS SWALLOW a British Royal Navy patrol vessel stationed in the waters of Hong Kong. She was purchased by the Irish State in 1988. She scored a notable operational success in Nov 1999 when she conducted the second biggest drug seizure in the history of the state at that time, with her interception and boarding at sea of MV POSIDONIA of the south-west coast of Ireland.

Type Coastal Patrol Vessel
Length 62.6m
Beam 10m
Draught 2.7m
Main Engines 2 X Crossley SEMT- Pielstick Diesels 14,400 HP 2 Shafts
Speed 25 + Knots
Range 2500 Nautical Miles @ 17 knots
Crew 39 (5 Officers)

LÉ ROISIN P51

L.É. Roisin (the first of the Roisín class of vessel) was built in Appledore Shipyards in the UK for the Naval Service in 2001. She was built to a design that optimises her patrol performance in Irish waters (which are some of the roughest in the world), all year round. For that reason a greater length overall (78.8m) was chosen, giving her a long sleek appearance and allowing the opportunity to improve the conditions on board for her crew. 

Type Long Offshore Patrol Vessel
Length 78.84m
Beam 14m
Draught 3.8m
Main Engines 2 X Twin 16 cly V26 Wartsila 26 medium speed Diesels
5000 KW at 1,000 RPM 2 Shafts
Speed 23 knots
Range 6000 Nautical Miles @ 15 knots
Crew 44 (6 Officers)
Commissioned 18 September 2001

LÉ NIAMH P52

L.É. Niamh (the second of the Róisín class) was built in Appledore Shipyard in the UK for the Naval Service in 2001. She is an improved version of her sister ship, L.É.Roisin

Type Long Offshore Patrol Vessel
Length 78.84m
Beam 14m
Draught 3.8m
Main Engines 2 X Twin 16 cly V26 Wartsila 26 medium speed Diesels
5000 KW at 1,000 RPM 2 Shafts
Speed 23 knots
Range 6000 Nautical Miles @ 15 knots
Crew 44 (6 Officers)
Commissioned 18 September 2001

LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT P61

LÉ Samuel Beckett is an Offshore Patrol Vessel built and fitted out to the highest international standards in terms of safety, equipment fit, technological innovation and crew comfort. She is also designed to cope with the rigours of the North-East Atlantic.

Type Offshore Patrol Vessel
Length 90.0m
Beam 14m
Draught 3.8m
Main Engines 2 x Wärtsilä diesel engines and Power Take In, 2 x shafts, 10000kw
Speed 23 knots
Range 6000 Nautical Miles @ 15 knots
Crew 44 (6 Officers)

LÉ JAMES JOYCE P62

LÉ James Joyce is an Offshore Patrol Vessel and represents an updated and lengthened version of the original RÓISÍN Class OPVs which were also designed and built to the Irish Navy specifications by Babcock Marine Appledore and she is truly a state of the art ship. She was commissioned into the naval fleet in September 2015. Since then she has been constantly engaged in Maritime Security and Defence patrolling of the Irish coast. She has also deployed to the Defence Forces mission in the Mediterranean from July to end of September 2016, rescuing 2491 persons and recovering the bodies of 21 deceased

Type Offshore Patrol Vessel
Length 90.0m
Beam 14m
Draught 3.8m
Main Engines 2 x Wärtsilä diesel engines and Power Take In, 2 x shafts, 10000kw
Speed 23 knots
Range 6000 Nautical Miles @ 15 knots
Crew 44 (6 Officers)

LÉ WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS P63

L.É. William Butler Yeats was commissioned into the naval fleet in October 2016. Since then she has been constantly engaged in Maritime Security and Defence patrolling of the Irish coast. She has also deployed to the Defence Forces mission in the Mediterranean from July to October 2017, rescuing 704 persons and recovering the bodies of three deceased.

Type Offshore Patrol Vessel
Length 90.0m
Beam 14m
Draught 3.8m
Main Engines 2 x Wärtsilä diesel engines and Power Take In, 2 x shafts, 10000kw
Speed 23 knots
Range 6000 Nautical Miles @ 15 knots
Crew 44 (6 Officers)

LÉ GEORGE BERNARD SHAW P64

LÉ George Bernard Shaw (pennant number P64) is the fourth and final ship of the P60 class vessels built for the Naval Service in Babcock Marine Appledore, Devon. The ship was accepted into State service in October 2018, and, following a military fit-out, commenced Maritime Defence and Security Operations at sea.

Type Offshore Patrol Vessel
Length 90.0m
Beam 14m
Draught 3.8m
Main Engines 2 x Wärtsilä diesel engines and Power Take In, 2 x shafts, 10000kw
Speed 23 knots
Range 6000 Nautical Miles @ 15 knots
Crew 44 (6 Officers)

Ship information courtesy of the Defence Forces

About the Irish Navy

The Navy maintains a constant presence 24 hours a day, 365 days a year throughout Ireland’s enormous and rich maritime jurisdiction, upholding Ireland’s sovereign rights. The Naval Service is tasked with a variety of roles including defending territorial seas, deterring intrusive or aggressive acts, conducting maritime surveillance, maintaining an armed naval presence, ensuring right of passage, protecting marine assets, countering port blockades; people or arms smuggling, illegal drugs interdiction, and providing the primary diving team in the State.

The Service supports Army operations in the littoral and by sea lift, has undertaken supply and reconnaissance missions to overseas peace support operations and participates in foreign visits all over the world in support of Irish Trade and Diplomacy.  The eight ships of the Naval Service are flexible and adaptable State assets. Although relatively small when compared to their international counterparts and the environment within which they operate, their patrol outputs have outperformed international norms.

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