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Dublin's Docklands: Field tents erected by the Irish Army in efforts to assist the HSE Covid-19 Virus Testing Centre on the Liffey Quays, Dublin has so far involved three OPV (above L.E. Samuel Beckett) of the Naval Service take in turns to also run and provide help with ships used as quayside bases. NOTE: The Naval Service have announced that former personnel are encouraged to re-enlist and join the fight against #COVID19 - (see below for details).
When the P60 class L.E. Samuel Beckett took up critical supporting duties along with the army to assist the HSE establish a Covid-19 virus testing centre on the Liffey in Dublin last month, a further two navy patrol vessels have…
A tented field hospital beside the Naval patrol ship, LE William Butler Yeats in Galway Docks
Defence Force staff set up a tented field hospital beside the Naval patrol ship, LE William Butler Yeats, yesterday (sun) in preparation for use as a Covid-19 testing centre writes Lorna Siggins A marquee was erected beside the ship in…
Helping Out: Army-style field hospitals to be used in worst-case scenario. AFLOAT adds note the tents on the quayside of the Naval Service offshore patrol vessel L.E. Samuel Beckett berthed in Dublin on the Liffey
The Tánaiste Simon Coveney said Ireland was effectively doubling the size of the health service - and would use army-style field hospitals if required in the worst-case scenario. The (Naval Service) patrol ships deployed to Dublin, Cork and Galway now…
FILE photo Berthed in Dun Laoghaire the LE Eithne has the largest upper deck space (as above) of any of the navy's fleet and would be ideal for such operations in Dublin to fight off Covid-19. AFLOAT adds the flagship's open space at the aft (designed as a heli-deck) along with hanger was used for Operation's Sophia & Pontus in rescuing refugees /migrants in the Mediterranean where naval personnel gained much experience involving challenging tasks.
The Naval Service the Irish Examiner understands is preparing to bring back into service its flagship, LÉ Eithne, to carry out Covid-19 virus testing in Cork city. The vessel has the largest upper deck space (as above) of any of…
LE WB Yeats
The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ WB Yeats has berthed in Galway for potential use as a testing facility for the Covid-19 virus writes Lorna Siggins The ship is one of three Naval Service vessels requested for use by the Health…
Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM, Chief of Staff of Irish Defence Forces who on this St. Patrick's Day refers to the words of Seamus Heaney to rally the nation in these unprecedented times
Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM, Chief of Staff of (Óglaigh na hÉireann) the Irish Defence Forces among them the Naval Service, has reflected on this St. Patrick’s Day that we can pause, nourish and gain resilience with words like Seamus Heaney’s…
LÉ Samuel Beckett about to pass the East-Link/Tom Clarke Bridge into Dublin this morning
Naval Service vessel the LÉ Samuel Beckett arrived in Dublin this morning (Sunday 15 March) as part of Óglaigh na hÉireann’s efforts to generate more capacity to help the HSE during the current Covid-19 response. The Irish Defence Forces said:…
Action Required is Urgent to Meet Security Threats from Sea, Air & Online - Report
In an urgent need to address gaps in maritime and air security, and the threat posed by cyber attacks, they feature prominently in submissions made to the country's first national security strategy. A total of 60 submissions have been made…
LÉ Niamh under the command of Lieut Cdr Claire Murphy
Near gale force and gusty south-west winds have forced a  change of venue for a Galway 2020 International Women’s Day event on board the Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh on Sunday morning. The patrol ship was to have hosted…
Lieut Commander Roberta O’Brien
Lieut Cdr. Roberta O’Brien the first female captain of an Irish Naval Service patrol vessel, LÉ Aisling in 2008, is among speakers at an International Women's Day Luncheon event held today in Cork, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Irish event in association…
Mark Condren of who was named Press Photographer of the Year and received 1st place award in the Politics category for his photograph of the Taoiseach in a pavilion during a downpour on the occasion of the naming and commissioning of Naval Service's newest ship, LÉ George Bernard Shaw. AFLOAT adds the ceremony took place in April a year ago and also spotted on the left with military medals adorned is Chief of staff of the Defence Forces, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett.
No surprises for the bad weather that featured in several of the winning images at the 42nd annual awards of the Press Photographers Association of Ireland. Marc O’Sullivan’s Lowry-esque streetscape of pedestrians caught in a summer shower took the top…
Speakers at the inaugural Slandáil National Security Conference held in the Helix, DCU, Dublin. Delegates were told by the Defence Forces that it is seeking to reduce its energy (carbon) footprint continually as new acquisitions of the Naval Service fleet will have electric drives. AFLOAT adds during the conference, L.E. James Joyce was in port and open to public tours.
According to, Chief of staff of the Defence Forces, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett told the Slandáil National Security Conference on Wednesday that climate change is driving tension and insecurity but this cannot be separated from other themes such as…
LÉ Ciara failed to leave port on 30 December but eventually did so on 1 January due to illness/injury of crew members. AFLOAT adds the Coastal Patrol Vessel (CPV) became the first Naval Service vessel to berth at the new marina (as above) in Bantry, Co. Cork during a call last year.
There are fears that the Naval Service due to under-resources won’t be able to combat maritime drug shipments while at the same time adequately patrolling EU fishery waters post-Brexit. As the Irish Examiner reports, concerns have also been raised that…
An LÉ Ciara deployment was delayed for three days recently because it could not find the minimum number of sailors required.
A delay in the deployment of a patrol ship for three days recently was forced upon the Naval Service because it could not find the minimum number of sailors required. The patrol vessel LÉ Ciara, writes The Irish Times, is…
The view from the bridge of LÉ Róisín adds AFLOAT when the OPV80/P50 Class was offshore of Gibraltar, having been replaced on deployment by naval fleetmate LÉ James Joyce in the Mediterranean Sea during the 2016 European Migrant Crisis
The LÉ Róisín, reports, is to undergo a €250,000 facelift as Ireland’s Naval Service works to upgrade its fleet.  The Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) was built at Appledore Shipyards in the UK and entered service in 1999. Since 2016,…
File image of LÉ Eithne
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…

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