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#Rowing: Queen’s University, Belfast, launched a very successful raid on the medals available on the first two days of the BUCS Regatta in Nottingham.  

 Queen’s had a very successful Saturday. They won the Beginners’ coxed four, and their talented group of scullers also shone. Philip Doyle took silver in the Championship single, while Sam McKeown took fourth. In the intermediate single, Queen’s took gold and silver, through Tiernan Oliver and Nathan Hull.

  This foursome were again on song on Sunday. McKeown and Doyle took silver in the Championship double, and Hull and Oliver matched them. Fiona Bell also made the podium in the women’s Championship single scull, taking bronze.

BUCS (British University) Regatta, Nottingham (Selected Results; Irish interest)

Saturday

Men, Four – Beginners’, coxed: 1 Queen’s 7:10.49.

Sculling, Single – Championship: 1 Edinburgh (J Armstrong) 7:20.99, 2 Queen’s (P Doyle) 7:22.01; 4 Queen’s (S McKeown) 7:27.73. Intermediate: 1 Queen’s (T Oliver) 7:37.48, 2 Queen’s (N Hull) 7:37.66.

Sunday

Men, Sculling, Double – Championship: 1 Reading 6:40.76, 2 Queen’s 6:43.56. Inter: 1 Reading 6:55.04, 2 Queen’s 7:00.91.

Women

Sculling, Single – Championship: 1 Edinburgh 8:09.20; 3 Queen’s 8:26.50.

 

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#Rowing: A young Queen’s University lightweight quadruple were the fastest crew at the Shannon Head of the River at Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday. The under-23 crew of Jordan Wilson, Miles Taylor, Ewan Murray and Harry Mahon took 11 minutes and 53 seconds to complete the course. Portora’s junior 16 eight also did well. Tiernan Oliver and Sam McKeown, in a senior double, almost matched their time. See Attached Results.

Head of the Shannon, Carrick-on-Shannon (Selected Results)

Head One:

Men

Eight – Jun 16: Portora 12 minutes 43 seconds.

Four – Jun 18, coxed: Portora 13:13.

Sculling, Quadruple – Jun 16, coxed: Carrick-on-Shannon 14:24. Double – Sen: Queen’s 12:46

Women

Eight – Club One: Commercial 14:29. Jun 18: Commercial 13:39

Sculling, Quadruple – Jun 18A: Portora 14:08.

Head Two:

Men

Eight – Novice: Commercial 14:55.

Sculling – Quadruple – Sen: Queen’s 11:53. Jun 18A, coxed: Portora 12:28

Single – Sen: Queen’s (T Oliver) 14:03. Jun 18A Carrick-on-Shannon (T Earley) 14:48.

Women

Eight – Inter: Commercial B 13:40. Jun 16: Portora 13:57.

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#Rowing: Queen’s Univerity’s senior men’s eight, competing in the first of two races, were far and away the fastest crew at the Bann head of the river at Coleraine on Saturday. The host club’s own junior coxed four was the fastest in the second head, with single sculler Sam McKeown recording the second-best time. The strong winds of recent days held off for the two races.

Bann Head of the River, Coleraine, Saturday (adjusted times)

Race One: 1 Queen’s University men’s senior eights 13 mins 39 secs, 2 Belfast BC masters eight 16:06, 3 Belfast RC masters eight 16:15, 4 Bann masters eight 16:35, 5 RBAI junior 18 quad 16:38, 6 Portadown senior double 16:50.

Race Two: Bann junior 18 coxed four 15:25, 2 Portadown senior single (S McKeown) 17:29, Bann inter single (Mitchell) 17:35, 4 Queen’s A women’s inter four 17:49, 5 Queen’s B women’s inter four 17:58, 6 Lady Elizabeth masters single (Smyth) 18:06.

 

BANN ROWING CLUB HEAD OF THE RIVER  14TH NOVEMBER 2015
RACE 1
PlaceBoat NumberClubCategory and Boatadjusted time taken
11QUBBCM Sen 8+00:13:39
213Belfast BC (f)MM 8+00:16:06
312Belfast RC (e)MM 8+00:16:15
411Bann RC(c)MM 8+00:16:35
53RBAI AMJ18A 4X-00:16:38
65Portadown BCM Sen 2X00:16:50
76Bann RCW Int 4X-00:17:18
814LVBC (f)MM 8+00:17:20
92RBAIMJ18A 8+00:17:25
1024Belfast BC (d)WM 8+00:17:36
1117Bann RCW J18A 4X-00:18:18
1222Bann RCMJ16 2X00:19:02
1316City of Derry BC (e) MM 2X00:19:23
1418Belfast RCW J18A 4X-00:19:27
1525Belfast RC (c) WM 8+00:20:01
1623Bann RCWJ16 8+00:20:03
174RBAI BMJ18A 2X00:21:59
1821Portadown BCW Int 2X00:22:28
1919Portadown BCWJ18A 4X-00:23:15
2029Portadown BCWJ15 2X00:26:37
2128City of Derry BC (c) WM 2X00:26:48
RACE 2
PlaceBoat NumberClubCategory and Boatadjusted time taken
142Bann RCMJ18A 4+00:15:25
245Portadown McKeownM Sen 1X00:17:29
347Bann MitchellM Int 1X00:17:35
453QUBLBC AW Int 4-00:17:49
554QUBLBC BW Int 4-00:17:58
658LEBC (c) SmithMM 1X00:18:06
764Portadown BC MJ16 4X+00:18:18
857Portora (e) MurphyMM 1X00:18:29
951Belfast BC (f) MM 4+00:18:50
1059City of Derry (e) D’UrsoMM 1X00:19:02
1163City of Derry BC MJ16 4X+00:19:05
1268Portadown BCMJ15 4X+00:19:40
1350Portadown BC LaivinsM Int 1X00:19:41
1460Belfast BC (d) GilpinMM 1X00:20:04
1556Belfast RC BW Int 4+00:20:08
1649Blue Star GillilandM Int 1X00:20:09
1783Bann RC WJ15 4X+00:20:09
1861Belfast BC (f) LockwoodMM 1X00:20:14
1976Bann RC ChestnuttWJ18A 1X00:20:34
2071Bann RC ShirlowW Int 1X00:21:10
2177Bann RC MeenaghW Int 1X00:21:13
2279Belfast RC TaylorWJ18A 1X00:21:14
2362LVBC (e) KeownMM 1X00:21:26
2481Bann RC WylieWJ18A 1X00:21:30
2580Bann RC ODonovanWJ18A 1X00:21:54
2673Belfast RC MoranMJ16 1X00:22:56
2752Bann RC CochraneMJ18A 1X00:23:15
2855Belfast RC AW Int 4+00:23:35
2978Portadown BC MartinW Int 1X00:24:40
3084Portadown RCWJ15 4X+00:25:52
3182Portadown BC McCannWJ16 1X00:28:42
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#BannRowingHead: Queen's University crews were the fastest at both heads in the Bann Head of the River in Coleraine. The Queen's men's intermediate coxless four set a time of 13 minutes and 19 seconds in the second head - just five seconds slower than the intermediate eight which won the first head. The fastest single sculler on the day was Brendan Smyth of Lady Elizabeth, the old boys' club of Trinity College.

 

BANN HOR 2013 FINAL RESULTS  RACE 1
     
    Adjusted
Boat NumberClubCategory and BoatTimeTime
2QUBCM INT 8+00:13:1400:13:14
1QUBCM INT 8+00:14:0900:14:09
15BELFAST RCMM 8+ E00:15:2300:14:25
14BELFAST BCMM 8+ E00:15:2700:14:29
19LADY VICTORIA BCMM 8+ F00:15:5300:14:34
3RBAIMJ18 8+00:14:4200:14:42
8BANN RCMJ16 8+00:14:4200:14:42
5BANN RCMJ18 4X-00:14:5100:14:51
6CAI BCMJ18 4X-00:14:5600:14:56
9BANN RCM INT 2X00:15:0900:15:09
7CAI BCMJ16 8+00:15:1600:15:16
12BANN RCWJ18 8+00:15:1900:15:19
4CITY OF DERRY BCMJ18 8+00:15:2100:15:21
18BANN RCMM 8+ C00:15:5100:15:29
13BANN/LADY ELIZMS 2-00:15:5500:15:55
11QUB LADIES BCW INT 8+00:15:5800:15:58
10PORTADOWN BCM INT 2X00:16:0100:16:01
25CITY OF DERRY BCMM 2X E00:17:2000:16:22
21CAI BCMJ18 2-00:17:0200:17:02
31QUB B BCMNOV 8+00:17:1100:17:11
24CARLOW RCMM 2X C00:17:4600:17:24
26LADY VICTORIA BCMM 2X E00:19:0600:18:08
22CAI B BCMJ18 2-00:18:1400:18:14
28PORTADOWN BCWJ18 4X-00:18:3100:18:31
30QUB BCMNOV 8+00:18:3800:18:38
27BELFAST RCWM 8+ D00:19:2500:18:44
32BELFAST RCWNOV 8+00:18:4800:18:48
23BELFAST BCMM 2X B00:18:5500:18:48
34CAI BCMJ15 2X00:19:2300:19:23
36QUB BCWNOV 8+00:20:0900:20:09
29PORTADOWN BCWJ16 8+00:20:1100:20:11
35CITY OF DERRY BCWJ16 2X00:23:4000:23:40
 
 
 
BANN HOR 2013 FINAL RESULTS  RACE 2
     
    Adjusted
Boat NumberClubCategory and BoatTimeTime
41QUB BCMINT 4-00:13:1900:13:19
44QUB BCMINT 4+00:13:4500:13:45
45RBAIMNOV 4X+00:14:0300:14:03
42CAI BCMJ18 4-00:14:1500:14:15
51BANN RCMJ16 4X+00:14:1500:14:15
43CAI B BCMJ18 4-00:14:2100:14:21
53RBAIMJ16 4X+00:14:3300:14:33
47CITY OF DERRY BCMNOV 4X+00:14:3800:14:38
62CARLOW RCMM 4+ C00:15:0100:14:39
57PORTADOWN MCKEOWNMINT 1X00:15:2300:15:23
54CAI BCMJ16 4+00:15:2400:15:24
58BANN RC MCAFEEMINT 1X00:15:3100:15:31
56BANN RC WHORISKEYMINT 1X00:15:4700:15:47
48CITY OF DERRY BCMJ18 4+00:15:5900:15:59
59LADY ELIZ SMYTHMS 1X00:15:5900:15:59
74BANN RCWJ15 4X+00:16:0400:16:04
61LADY VICTORIA BCMM 4+ E00:16:1900:15:21
72BANN RCWJ16 4X+00:16:4700:16:47
65CAI BCMJ15 4X+00:16:4900:16:49
55CAI B BCMJ16 4+00:16:5000:16:50
60BANN RC LEVINSMS 1X00:16:5500:16:55
67CITY OF DERRY BCMM 1X E00:16:5800:16:00
73BELFAST RCWJ15 4X+00:17:0300:17:03
70BANN RC BARRYWJ18 1X00:17:1000:17:10
46BELFAST RCMNOV 4X+00:17:1900:17:19
66LAGAN SCULLERSMM 1X C00:17:2000:16:58
49QUB LADIES BCWINT 4+00:17:3600:17:36
68LADY VICTORIA BCMM 1X E00:18:0400:17:06
52PORTADOWN RCMJ16 4X+00:18:0800:18:08
69PORTADOWN RCMJ18 1X00:18:3700:18:37
71CITY OF DERRY BCWJ18 1X00:20:5700:20:57
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#IrishRowingChampionships: Claire Lambe and John Keohane won the men’s and women’s senior single sculls titles at the Irish Rowing Championships at Farran Woods in Cork today. Both had hard battles before crossing the line as winners.

Lambe had a disappointing start and saw Sinéad Jennings take and hold the lead until halfway. Lambe came back and led by 1500 metres, but Jennings mounted challenge after challenge.

Keohane took the lead early on but had to battle to retain it. Eimantas Grigalius, a World Junior Champion in 2003, drove hard a the Corkman through the closing 500 metres, but Keohane, rating below his opponent, retained his lead – and the title he won last year.

There was great excitement in the closing stages of the men’s novice coxed four. UCD’s lead was eaten away and then completely lost to Queen’s University, who won by .92 of a second. UCD also lost out in the women’s intermediate coxed four to a strong St Michael’s crew of Hannah McCarthy, Emily Tormey, Kate O’Brien, Hanah O’Sullivan and cox Conor McGowan.

The men’s intermediate pair and the women’s junior pair and men’s junior double sculls were convincingly won by UCC, Portora and Shandon respectively.

Irish Rowing Championships, National Rowing Centre, Farran Woods, Cork – Day Three (Selected Results, Finals)

Men

Four – Novice, coxed: 1 Queen’s 7:49.87, 2 UCD 7:50.79, 3 UCC 7:55.25.

Pair – Intermediate: 1 UCC 8:13.04, 2 Portora 8:36.82, 3 Bann 8:42.84.

Sculling, Double – Junior: 1 Shandon (J Casey, A Harrington) 7:55.13, 2 Skibbereen 8:13.06, 3 Lee 8:19.07.

Single – Senior: 1 Lee Valley (J Keohane) 8:00.96, 2 Three Castles (E Grigalius) 8:03.83, 3 Portadown (S McKeown) 8:21.55.

Women

Four, Intermediate, coxed: 1 St Michael’s 8:10.43, 2 UCD C 8:18.36, 3 UCD A 8:28.10.

Pair – Junior: 1 Portora (D Maguire, P Mulligan) 9:04.90, 2 Muckross 9:16.42, 3 Shannon 9:19.32.

Sculling, Single – Senior: 1 UCD (C Lambe) 9:09.20, 2 St Michael’s (S Jennings) 9:10.31, 3 Three Castles (H Walshe) 9:28.57.

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# ROWING: A collision before the start between the Queen’s University senior eight and the Portadown intermediate four took both crews out of the reckoning at the second head of the day at Lagan Head of the River in Belfast on Saturday. One of the Portadown crew had to be treated in hospital. In the absence of Queen’s, Neptune’s junior 18 eight ruled the waters: they took pennants as fastest crew; fastest junior crew and fastest junior 18 eight. The Belfast Boat Club/RBAI senior crew was the fastest four and Trinity's top women’s senior eight placed well.

Lagan Head of the River 2013 - Race 2 – 4200m Saturday 16th February at 1500
RESULTS by Time – Masters handicap not applied
POSITION
CREW
NUMBER Club Class Cox/Steerer Time % of winning
time Comments
1 6 Neptune RC MJ18A 8+ H. Thompson 15:59.2 100.00
2 5 Portora BC MJ18A 8+ E. McClean 16:02.9 100.39
3 2 CAIBC MJ18A 8+ M. Bucklee 16:03.7 100.48
4 8 BBC/RBAIRC MS 4- A. Boreham 16:12.1 101.35
5 21 QUBBC A MN 8+ P. Ramsey 16:36.1 103.85
6 11 DULBC A WS 8+ G. Nic Fhionnain 16:43.1 104.58
7 20 BRC MN 8+ K. McCullagh 16:48.2 105.11
8 13 BBC MM E 8+ A. Scott 17:06.2 106.99
9 7 LSC MS 4X- P. Cross 17:10.8 107.46
10 31 Bann RC MJ16 8+ D. Tang 17:11.1 107.50
11 12 DULBC B WS 8+ N. Williams 17:12.4 107.63
12 4 RBAIRC MJ18A 8+ R. Hulatt 17:15.8 107.99
13 22 QUBBC B MN 8+ S. McGaughey 17:27.6 109.21
14 10 CAIBC/Portora BC MS 4- S. Archibald 17:32.3 109.71
15 14 BRC/BBC MM E 8+ S. Mairs 17:38.8 110.38
16 25 BRC MM C 8+ U. Smart 17:54.7 112.05
17 15 OCBC/Three Castles RC MM F 8+ J. Henry 18:05.4 113.16
18 27 QUBLBC WI 1 8+ C. Moorehead 18:09.1 113.54
19 28 Bann RC WI 1 8+ L. Ferguson 18:24.4 115.15
20 17 CAIBC MI 1 4+ A. Stewart 18:47.7 117.56
21 23 LVBC MM F 8+ M. Warnock 18:53.3 118.15
22 40 QULBC A WN 8+ C. Campbell 19:00.2 118.87
23 37 Portora BC A WJ18A 8+ Z. Donaldson 19:00.5 118.91
24 24 Bann RC MM C 8+ E. Earl 19:20.1 120.94
25 42 DULBC A WN 8+ K. Paterson 19:20.9 121.03
26 32 CAIBC MJ16 8+ A. Stewart 19:26.5 121.61
27 29 BRC WI 1 8+ E. Catterall 19:42.1 123.24
28 30 BBC WM D 8+ H. Wilson 19:46.9 123.74
29 45 DULBC B WN 8+ N. O'Sullivan 20:34.0 128.66
30 26 BBC/LSC WS 4X- S. Herron 20:54.1 130.75
31 46 QULBC C WN 8+ M. Toner 20:55.4 130.89
32 33 Portora BC MJ16 8+ J. Foster 20:57.0 131.05
33 44 QULBC B WN 8+ A. Espona-McCartney 21:17.2 133.16
34 36 Portadown BC MM D 8+ R. Walker 22:01.4 137.76
35 43 Portora BC WN 8+ C. McClean 22:05.7 138.21
36 35 QUBLBC WS 4- A. Aitken 22:07.6 138.41
37 39 BRC WM E 8+ S. Smith 22:38.2 141.60
38 38 Portora BC B WJ18A 8+ E. Reynolds 22:41.3 141.92
1 QUBBC MS 8+ A. Margret
9 BRC MS 4- C. Coyle
16 QUBBC MI 1 4+ R. Crowley
18 Portadown BC MI 1 4+ L. Chambers
19 BBC WS 4X- L. Cameron
41 UCDBC WN 8+ V. Turner
Lagan Head of the River is organised by Belfast Rowing Club
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Rowing Club and Belfast Boat Club
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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 sealift, 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.

The Irish Naval Service 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

Irish Navy FAQs

The Naval Service is the Irish State's principal seagoing agency with "a general responsibility to meet contingent and actual maritime defence requirements". It is tasked with a variety of defence and other roles.

The Naval Service is based in Ringaskiddy, Cork harbour, with headquarters in the Defence Forces headquarters in Dublin.

The Naval Service provides the maritime component of the Irish State's defence capabilities and is the State's principal seagoing agency. It "protects Ireland's interests at and from the sea, including lines of communication, fisheries and offshore resources" within the Irish exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The Naval Service operates jointly with the Army and Air Corps as part of the Irish defence forces.

The Naval Service was established in 1946, replacing the Marine and Coastwatching Service set up in 1939. It had replaced the Coastal and Marine Service, the State's first marine service after independence, which was disbanded after a year. Its only ship was the Muirchú, formerly the British armed steam yacht Helga, which had been used by the Royal Navy to shell Dublin during the 1916 Rising. In 1938, Britain handed over the three "treaty" ports of Cork harbour, Bere haven and Lough Swilly.

The Naval Service has nine ships - 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.

The ships' names are prefaced with the title of Irish ship or "long Éireannach" (LE). The older ships bear Irish female names - LÉ Eithne, LÉ Orla, LÉ Ciara, LÉ Roisín, and LÉ Niamh. The newer ships, named after male Irish literary figures, are LÉ Samuel Beckett, LÉ James Joyce, LÉ William Butler Yeats and LÉ George Bernard Shaw.

Yes. The 76mm Oto Melara medium calibre naval armament is the most powerful weapon in the Naval Services arsenal. The 76mm is "capable of engaging naval targets at a range of up to 17km with a high level of precision, ensuring that the Naval Service can maintain a range advantage over all close-range naval armaments and man-portable weapon systems", according to the Defence Forces.

The Fleet Operational Readiness Standards and Training (FORST) unit is responsible for the coordination of the fleet needs. Ships are maintained at the Mechanical Engineering and Naval Dockyard Unit at Ringaskiddy, Cork harbour.

The helicopters are designated as airborne from initial notification in 15 minutes during daylight hours, and 45 minutes at night. The aircraft respond to emergencies at sea, on inland waterways, offshore islands and mountains and cover the 32 counties. They can also assist in flooding, major inland emergencies, intra-hospital transfers, pollution, and can transport offshore firefighters and ambulance teams. The Irish Coast Guard volunteers units are expected to achieve a 90 per cent response time of departing from the station house in ten minutes from notification during daylight and 20 minutes at night. They are also expected to achieve a 90 per cent response time to the scene of the incident in less than 60 minutes from notification by day and 75 minutes at night, subject to geographical limitations.

The Flag Officer Commanding Naval Service (FOCNS) is Commodore Michael Malone. The head of the Defence Forces is a former Naval Service flag officer, now Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett – appointed in 2015 and the first Naval Service flag officer to hold this senior position. The Flag Officer oversees Naval Operations Command, which is tasked with the conduct of all operations afloat and ashore by the Naval Service including the operations of Naval Service ships. The Naval Operations Command is split into different sections, including Operations HQ and Intelligence and Fishery Section.

The Intelligence and Fishery Section is responsible for Naval Intelligence, the Specialist Navigation centre, the Fishery Protection supervisory and information centre, and the Naval Computer Centre. The Naval Intelligence Cell is responsible for the collection, collation and dissemination of naval intelligence. The Navigation Cell is the naval centre for navigational expertise.

The Fishery Monitoring Centre provides for fishery data collection, collation, analysis and dissemination to the Naval Service and client agencies, including the State's Sea Fisheries Protection Agency. The centre also supervises fishery efforts in the Irish EEZ and provides data for the enhanced effectiveness of fishery protection operations, as part of the EU Common Fisheries Policy. The Naval Computer Centre provides information technology (IT) support service to the Naval Service ashore and afloat.

This headquarters includes specific responsibility for the Executive/Operations Branch duties. The Naval Service Operations Room is a coordination centre for all NS current Operations. The Naval Service Reserve Staff Officer is responsible for the supervision, regulation and training of the reserve. The Diving section is responsible for all aspects of Naval diving and the provision of a diving service to the Naval Service and client agencies. The Ops Security Section is responsible for the coordination of base security and the coordination of all shore-based security parties operating away from the Naval base. The Naval Base Comcen is responsible for the running of a communications service. Boat transport is under the control of Harbour Master Naval Base, who is responsible for the supervision of berthage at the Naval Base and the provision of a boat service, including the civilian manned ferry service from Haulbowline.

Naval Service ships have undertaken trade and supply missions abroad, and personnel have served as peacekeepers with the United Nations. In 2015, Naval Service ships were sent on rotation to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean as part of a bi-lateral arrangement with Italy, known as Operation Pontus. Naval Service and Army medical staff rescued some 18,000 migrants, either pulling people from the sea or taking them off small boats, which were often close to capsizing having been towed into open water and abandoned by smugglers. Irish ships then became deployed as part of EU operations in the Mediterranean, but this ended in March 2019 amid rising anti-immigrant sentiment in the EU.

Essentially, you have to be Irish, young (less than 32), in good physical and mental health and with normal vision. You must be above 5'2″, and your weight should be in keeping with your age.

Yes, women have been recruited since 1995. One of the first two female cadets, Roberta O'Brien from the Glen of Aherlow in Co Tipperary, became its first female commander in September 2020. Sub Lieutenant Tahlia Britton from Donegal also became the first female diver in the navy's history in the summer of 2020.

A naval cadet enlists for a cadetship to become an officer in the Defence Forces. After successfully completing training at the Naval Service College, a cadet is commissioned into the officer ranks of the Naval Service as a Ensign or Sub Lieutenant.

A cadet trains for approximately two years duration divided into different stages. The first year is spent in military training at the Naval Base in Haulbowline, Cork. The second-year follows a course set by the National Maritime College of Ireland course. At the end of the second year and on completion of exams, and a sea term, the cadets will be qualified for the award of a commission in the Permanent Defence Force as Ensign.

The Defence Forces say it is looking for people who have "the ability to plan, prioritise and organise", to "carefully analyse problems, in order to generate appropriate solutions, who have "clear, concise and effective communication skills", and the ability to "motivate others and work with a team". More information is on the 2020 Qualifications Information Leaflet.

When you are 18 years of age or over and under 26 years of age on the date mentioned in the notice for the current competition, the officer cadet competition is held annually and is the only way for potential candidates to join the Defence Forces to become a Naval Service officer. Candidates undergo psychometric and fitness testing, an interview and a medical exam.
The NMCI was built beside the Naval Service base at Ringaskiddy, Co Cork, and was the first third-level college in Ireland to be built under the Government's Public-Private Partnership scheme. The public partners are the Naval Service and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the private partner is Focus Education.
A Naval Service recruit enlists for general service in the "Other Ranks" of the Defence Forces. After successfully completing the initial recruit training course, a recruit passes out as an Ordinary Seaman and will then go onto their branch training course before becoming qualified as an Able Body sailor in the Naval Service.
No formal education qualifications are required to join the Defence Forces as a recruit. You need to satisfy the interview board and the recruiting officer that you possess a sufficient standard of education for service in the Defence Forces.
Recruit training is 18 weeks in duration and is designed to "develop a physically fit, disciplined and motivated person using basic military and naval skills" to "prepare them for further training in the service. Recruits are instilled with the Naval Service ethos and the values of "courage, respect, integrity and loyalty".
On the progression up through the various ranks, an Able Rate will have to complete a number of career courses to provide them with training to develop their skills in a number of areas, such as leadership and management, administration and naval/military skills. The first of these courses is the Naval Service Potential NCO course, followed by the Naval Service Standard NCO course and the Naval Service senior NCO course. This course qualifies successful candidates of Petty officer (or Senior Petty Officer) rank to fill the rank of Chief Petty Officer upwards. The successful candidate may also complete and graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership, Management and Naval Studies in partnership with Cork Institute of Technology.
Pay has long been an issue for just the Naval Service, at just over 1,000 personnel. Cadets and recruits are required to join the single public service pension scheme, which is a defined benefit scheme, based on career-average earnings. For current rates of pay, see the Department of Defence website.

 

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