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LE James Joyce and its crew has been rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean where Minister Kehoe's visited the Naval Service OPV in Cagliari, Sardinia yesterday, and subsequent announcement of a new medal for humanitarian service
#CrewMedal - The Defence Forces writes The Irish Independent, have awarded a new military medal to members who have been deployed on humanitarian missions. It will be presented to personnel who have taken part in overseas missions with the prior…
Migrants rescued from a wooden vessel located 40 Nautical Miles of Tripoli, Libya
#MigrantRescue -LÉ James Joyce has rescued a total of 165* migrants in three separate vessels during search and rescue operations north-east of Tripoli,Libya The search and rescue (SAR) request came earlier today from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre. During…
The newest Naval Service OPV90 class vessel, LÉ William Butler Yeats (P63) berthed at Haulbowline, Naval Base, Cork Harbour
#NewestOPV90 - The newest addition to the Naval Service fleet, the OPV90 class LÉ William Butler Yeats (P63) was boarded by Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Mr. Paul Kehoe yesterday Haulbowline, Cork Harbour The Minister was welcomed on board by the…
Irish Naval Service vessel LÉ Ciara pictured at Haulbowline in Cork Harbour
#Angling - The 1st Meath Adventure Scouts from Dunboyne and Sphere 17 youth group from Darndale in north Dublin recently participated in a visit on board the Irish Naval Service vessel LÉ Ciara. During a short break in Dublin Port…
LÉ James Joyce successfully located and rescued more than 400 migrants from a rubber craft off Tripoli, Libya
#400plusRescued - A request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre led to LÉ James Joyce rescue a further 278* migrants from a rubber craft 40 nautical miles NW of Tripoli,Libya. The operation on Friday commenced at 09.57am and concluded…
Argentinian Navy sail trainee schoolship, ARA Libertad is on a visit to Dublin to mark the historical ties between the countries
#AdmiralBrown - Argentinian Navy school tallship, ARA Libertad is docked in Dublin Port for a four day visit, to highlight the historical connections between the south American country and Ireland, writes Jehan Ashmore. The naval cadet sail training vessel, designated…
The newest Irish Naval Service OPV90 class, LE William Butler Yeats was handed over from her North Devon shipbuilder
#NewestShip - The Appledore shipyard in the UK has completed its third Irish Naval Service patrol vessel as it prepares to start work on the next one. According to the North Devon Gazette, the offshore patrol vessel (OPV) LE William…
The Irish Naval Service has rescued more than 10,000 people in the Mediterranean Sea since the navy's vessels were first deployed to the humanitarian operation in May 2015
#10,000rescued - The Irish Naval Service were praised by Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe for their continued success in assisting with the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. To date, the Naval Service has rescued more than 10,000 people…
Naval Service OPV's LE James Joyce made a Mediterranean rendezvous with LE Roisin east of Gibraltar yesterday in an exchange of humanitarian roles
#Rendezvous - L.É. James Joyce which has been tasked to continue humanitarian duties in the Mediterranean made a rendezvous with L.É. Roisin, east of Gibraltar yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore OPV LE James Joyce departed the Naval Base, Haulbowline on Friday,…
The Seagull drone boat is designed for the most dangerous naval missions
#Navy - The future of maritime defence is here – in the form of a torpedo-wielding drone boat called Seagull. The video below from Vocativ shows a prototype of the 40ft vessel in action, displaying its stealthy manoeuvrability on the…
Newest Naval Service OPV, L.É. William Butler Yeats (P63) began builder’s sea trials this week in the Bristol Channel
#YeatsSeaTrials - Newest Naval Service OPV, L.É. William Butler Yeats (P63) began builder’s sea trials in the Bristol Channel until returning today to Appledore in the UK, writes Jehan Ashmore. L.É. William Butler Yeats was floated-out in March from Babcock Marine…
Cork Harbour Naval base showing single road bridge access to Ringaskiddy where Indaver wants to build an incinerator
The Minister with Responsibility for Defence has stated that the operational requirements of the Defence Forces will be reviewed, depending on the outcome of Bord Pleanala’s decision on the application by Indaver to build an incinerator at Ringaskiddy in Cork…
LÉ Róisín successfully located and rescued a total of 371* migrants from three separate rubber vessels located 37 Nautical Miles NW of Tripoli.
#RoisinRescues - Once again the Naval Service OPV LÉ Róisín has been kept busy having been deployed in successfully locating and rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. The operations carried out on Monday involved the saving of 371* migrants in…
Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Mr Paul Kehoe, yesterday attended the decommissioning ceremony of LÉ Aisling in Galway Docks
#Decommissioning - Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Mr Paul Kehoe, yesterday attended the decommissioning ceremony of LÉ Aisling in Galway Docks. LÉ Aisling was the longest serving vessel in the Irish Naval Service fleet. The ‘Deirdre’ class vessel built by…
HMCS Fredericton joins NATO Operation Reassurance (with en route call to Dublin next week) as part of measures of security and stability in central and eastern Europe
#NATOfrigate -  A Royal Canadian Navy ‘Halifax’ frigate is to call to Dublin Port next week and which has been deployed on Operation Reasurrance for a NATO Force. HMCS Frederiction is to join the Standing NATO Maritime Forces fleet based…
Migrants transfer from a RIB to board LE Roisin yesterday
#Rescue&Recovery - OPV LÉ Róisín has carried out a search and rescue (SAR) that located 111 migrants from a long rubber vessel almost 40nm north-west off Tripoli, the Libyan capital. Unfortunately, two deceased female migrants were recovered as part of…

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