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Naval ship L.É. James Joyce was named in Dun Laoghaire harbour this afternoon at a Naming and Commissioning ceremony attended by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, T.D. and the Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney, T.D. The naming ceremony of the €50m OPV was…
White Paper On Defence Launches New Ships to Include MRV
#NewMRVship - The publication of the White Paper on Defence yesterday sets out Ireland's defence policy framework for the next decade. The White Paper covers the three branches of the Defence Forces, the Army, Air Corps and the Naval Service, all of which…
Minister Coveney Launches White Paper on Defence
#WhitePaper - At an event in Dublin Castle earlier today the Minister for Defence, Mr. Simon Coveney T.D. launched the Government's new White Paper on Defence. The preparation of the White Paper was informed by a wide-ranging consultation process. The…
Migrant Crisis: Irish Naval Vessel LÉ Niamh Rescues 225 People
#RescuedMigrants - The BBC reports that  an Irish Naval Service vessel off the coast of Libya rescued 225 people as part of a major operation led by the Italian coastguard. The crew of the LÉ Niamh brought 107 migrants aboard on…
Third Naval Service Vessel Earmarked For Mediterranean
#ThirdNavyShip – According to the Irish Independent, a third Naval Service ship is to assist the migrant rescue mission in the Mediterranean within weeks. However, the Government is hoping that the dispatch of a fourth vessel will not be necessary,…
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…

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