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Navy Ship LE Niamh Operating In Stormy Seas off the Irish Coast

23rd February 2014
Navy Ship LE Niamh Operating In Stormy Seas off the Irish Coast

#navy – A view from the bridge of  LE Niamh, shows just how rough conditions can be around our coast for the Irish Navy on patrol. But, as this Defence Forces footage reveals, the 78m vessel is designed for just such winter North Atlantic operations. 

The ship, the youngest in the Irish fleet, was designed by STX Canada Marine (formerly Kvaerner Masa Marine) and has an all-steel hull based on the Mauritian Vigilant patrol vessel launched in 1995, but without the helicopter deck and hangar facilities.

The high level of automation incorporated into the ship's systems allows the ship to be operated with just 44 crew including six officers. 

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