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Former LE Aisling Is Now Libyan Military Flagship

25th May 2018
Al-Karama, formerly LE Aisling, sails in to Benghazi last week to join Libya’s naval fleet Al-Karama, formerly LE Aisling, sails in to Benghazi last week to join Libya’s naval fleet Photo: Libyan Armed Forces/YouTube

#Navy - A former Naval Service OPV is now the flagship of Libya’s military.

According to the Irish Sun, top Libyan military officer General Khalifa Haftar is now in possession of the former LÉ Aisling, which was put up for sale by its Dutch buyer last year and given a new monicker in ‘Avenhorn’, with plans for renovation into a superyacht.

Renamed again as Al-Karama, the Cork-built vessel is now the flagship of the Libyan National Army — meaning it could conceivably face its former sister ships on humanitarian missions in the Mediterranean.

Built in 1979 and sailing with the Naval Service for 36 years, the once LÉ Aisling was sold at auction over a year ago for just €110,000, and was the subject of more controversy when it returned to market within months for six times the price.

The Irish Sun has more on the story HERE.

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