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LÉ Niamh Joins Rescue As Migrant Boat Carrying Hundreds Capsizes Off Libya
#NavalService - The Naval Service's LÉ Niamh is among seven ships currently involved in the rescue of hundreds of migrants from a vessel that capsized this afternoon off Libya. As The Irish Times reports, as many as 600 people were…
Visit of LÉ James Joyce to Dun Laoghaire Is Venue for Naming Ceremony
#NamingCeremony - Afloat can reveal the Naval Service newest newbuild OPV LÉ James Joyce (P62) is to be named and commissioned during a ceremony to be held in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, writes Jehan Ashmore. The joint ceremony of the second…
Rescue of 210 Migrants As LÉ Niamh Also Recovers 14 Bodies
#RefugeeRecovery - During the course of a Search and Rescue Operation (SAR) yesterday 80km north-west of Tripoli, Libya, the LÉ Niamh (P51) rescued 210 migrants and recovered 14 bodies from a wooden barge. According to the Defence Forces, at 4.30…
Newest Naval Service OPV LÉ James Joyce Visits Dublin Bay Ports
# LÉjamesjoyce - LÉ James Joyce (P62) the Naval Service's newest OPV was showed off as she made her maiden calls to Dun Laoghaire Harbour followed by Dublin Port where she docked yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The €50m newbuild was delivered…
Naval Service Third OPV90 Class to Be Called LÉ William Butler Yeats
#NewShipName – The third OPV90 class ship for the Naval Service is to be called LÉ William Butler Yeats. The announcement was made yesterday by Minister for Defence, Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D. The newbuild is scheduled for delivery in July 2016…
Rescued Migrant On Board LÉ Niamh Gives Birth to Baby Girl
#OnBoardBirth – The Irish Examiner writes that a woman on board the Irish Naval Service vessel LÉ Niamh which rescued her in the Mediterranean has given birth to baby girl. The baby who's been named "Destiny" was delivered by Irish…
LÉ Niamh’s First Rescue of Refugees off Libya
#NiamhMedRescue – LÉ Niamh (P52) has successfully conducted a Search and Rescue (SAR) Operation of almost 100 refugees on Saturday. The operation took place 76 nautical miles north-west of the Libyan capital Tripoli. The SAR of 98 migrants in the…
Minister Welcomes Return Of LÉ Eithne, Arrival Of LÉ James Joyce To Cork
#NavalService - After a successful nine-week deployment to assist in the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean, the Naval Service vessel LÉ Eithne returned today (Friday 17 July) to the Naval Base and Dockyard at Haulbowline in Cork Harbour where they…
Navy Service Ships Underway On Swap to Continue Refugee Rescue Role
#NavyMedSwap- Naval Service flagship LÉ Eithne is off Spain heading homebound for Cork Harbour following completion of humanitarian refugee duties, while replacement LE Niamh is already in the Mediterranean, writes Jehan Ashmore. This afternoon the 1,800 tonnes LÉ Eithne is…
Naval Vessel L.É. Niamh Departs Cork to Assist in the Humanitarian Crisis in the Mediterranean
#navy – L.É. Niamh under the command of her captain, Lieutenant Commander Daniel Wall departs the Naval Base, Haulbowline this evening, en route for the Mediterranean to assist the Italian authorities in the humanitarian operation to rescue migrants fleeing North…
Irish Navy Pick Up Suspected Med Trafficker
#MedTrafficker - The LE Eithne has picked up a suspected people smuggler amongst 646 desperate migrants has been arrested by Italian Police. Bairam Ltayef (24), a Tunisian national, was detained in the Sicilian capital Palermo after he was identified by…
Government Ministers Meet Crew of L.É. Eithne in Malta
#EithneMalta - Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney, T.D. earlier today met Naval Service personnel crew of the L.É. Eithne (P31) in Valetta, Malta. The flagship under the command of her captain, Commander Pearse O'Donnell and his crew are continuing to…
Nomination for New Defence Forces Chief of Staff
#NewChiefOFstaff - Rear Admiral Mark Mellett DSM writes The Irish Times has been nominated by Minister for Defence Simon Coveney for the appointment by the President as chief of staff of the Defence Forces. Rear Admiral Mellett was appointed to…
Naval Service Rescues More Migrants
#EithneMedCrisis - In operations that took place in two separate incidents writes The Belfast Telegraph, about 50 miles north-west of the Libyan capital Tripoli, men, women and children were taken off two wooden barges. The crew of the LE Eithne…
L.É. Eithne Rescues More Migrants As New EU Med Operation Launched
#NewEUmigrantMission - L.É. Eithne has rescued a further 519 migrants yesterday, as part of the coordinated response to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean which was welcomed by Minister for Defence, Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D. The Minister commented "L.É. Eithne…
LÉ Eithne Rescues More Migrants Almost A Month After Departing Irish Waters
#EithneMedRescue – Naval Service 'flagship' LÉ Eithne (P31) successfully located and rescued 367 migrants on a wooden barge yesterday some 50kms north-west of Tripoli, the Libyan capital. Almost the same number of migrants again on a barge were rescued earlier…

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