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Top Brass at Crosshaven – at today's Volvo Cork Week launch were (from left) Royal Cork CEO Gavin Deane, Commandant Barry Byrne, the defending champion of the Beaufort Cup for Defence Services personnel that runs as part of Cork Week with Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney TD and Irish Naval Service Vice Admiral and the current Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces Mark Mellett
Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney – who will also skipper a yacht in this week's regatta – has officially launched Volvo Cork Week 2018 at the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven this afternoon. The biennial…
 Irish Naval Service plans to use drones to crack down on drug smuggling. Above Afloat adds the LE James Joyce recently arrived into the Mediterranean to take over Operation Sophia duties from LE Samual Beckett.
#NavalService - Use of drones by the Irish Naval Service is set to be stepped up in a bid to clamp down on illegal fishing and pollution offenses at sea. Remotely operated pilot air systems writes the Irish Central have…
LE James Joyce is seen in a view taken from Haulbowline Naval Base in lower Cork Harbour. The OPV90 class ship is currently nearing completion of the voyage in the central Mediterranean Sea to takeover Operation Sophia duties from a sistership.
#NavalService- LÉ James Joyce is currently in the Mediterranean having departed Cork Harbour almost a week ago to replace the first Irish Naval Service ship to be deployed to Operation Sophia during this year, writes Jehan Ashmore. Prior to the…
MV Lifeline, which is carrying 234 rescued migrants
#NewsUpdate - Tánaiste Simon Coveney hopes Ireland's decision to take 25 migrants from a stranded rescue ship will encourage other EU countries to do the same. As The Irish Examiner reports, MV Lifeline, which is carrying 234 rescued migrants, has…
A Dublin Senator has suggested next ship of the Irish Naval Service to be named LÉ Maeve Binchy
#NavyNews - A Dublin Senator has suggested the next ship to be commissioned by the Irish Naval Services should commemorate a famous Irish woman. According to The Irish Times, Neale Richmond of Fine Gael has written to Minister of State…
Prince Charles at the NMCI's simulator in Ringaskiddy where nearby is the Irish Naval Base, also where the historic visit was made in Cork Harbour
#NavyNews - On visit to Cork Harbour writes the Irish Examiner, the Prince of Wales discovered that piloting a ship is like riding a bike – you never lose the knack. More than 40 years after he commanded a British…
The Irish Navy
The operations of the Naval Service at its Headquarters on Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour are to be reviewed, reports Tom MacSweeney. This follows on the approval by Bord Pleanala of planning permission for the controversial hazardous waste incinerator at…
The migrants are aboard the Aquarius in the Mediterranean Sea
#MigrantCrisis - An offer by Spain to take in a rescue ship reports RTE News, that is drifting in the Mediterranean sea with 629 migrants on board after Malta and Italy refused to let it dock. The humanitarian ship Aquarius…
SOS Méditerranée posted photos of rescued migrants
#MigrantCrisis - BBC News reports a rescue vessel carrying 629 migrants is stranded in the Mediterranean after Italy's new interior minister refused permission for it to dock. Matteo Salvini, leader of the right-wing League, said Malta should accept the Aquarius…
Crew members of L.É. Samuel Beckett (which docked in Valletta, Malta) with their 'Operation Sophia' medals presented in recognition of their role in disrupting human-trafficking and smuggling in the central Mediterranean
#Navy - Crew members of L.É. Samuel Beckett in Malta last weekend were presented with their Operation Sophia medals from the Irish Naval Service, writes Jehan Ashmore. Flag Officer Commanding Naval Service (FOCNS) Commodore Michael Malone visited Valletta Harbour last…
Prince Charles and wife Camilla in Co. Donegal during their visit to the Republic in 2016. The couple are to visit the Irish Naval Base, Cork Harbour in mid-June.
#NavyNews -  A tour by the Prince of Wales of an Irish Naval Service patrol ship, to retrace steps of his ancestors in Cork and Kerry and be briefed on world-renowned conservation projects around Killarney are planned during his visit…
Al-Karama, formerly LE Aisling, sails in to Benghazi last week to join Libya’s naval fleet
#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…
Auxiliary veteran of the Belgian Navy, command and support ship BNS Godetia (A960) built in 1965 at the Boelwerf in Temse. The ship is seen in Osstende in early April loading humanitarian supplies for West Africa from where the vessel had been deployed on anti-drugs and humanitarian mission. The naval visitor called to Dublin Port over last weekend along with BNS Bellis a minecounter measures vessel which remains in port.
#NavalVisits - A Belgian Navy 'Tripartite' class minecounter measures vessel remains in Dublin Port whereas an accompanying command logistics supportship which had been on a mission to west Africa, departed the capital yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore. Also taking place yesterday,…
Lieut Cmdr Anthony Geraghty on board LE William Butler Yeats in Dublin Port yesterday, where Afloat adds the OPV90 class vessel remains in port as a trio of European navalships arrive in the capital today and over the May Bank Holiday weekend. (See story: Naval Visits)
#Navy - Ireland’s military engagement was given strong support in humanitarian and peacekeeping operations it was heard at two separate events held in Dublin. As The Irish Times writes, Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes told a meeting of the Irish…
LÉ Samuel Beckett seen underway heading upriver off Blackrock Castle to Cork City-centre quays.
#Navy - Leadship of the Irish Naval Service OPV90 class, LÉ Samuel Beckett is departing today for the Mediterranean to take part in 'Operation Sophia'. As The Irish Examiner reports, Ireland first joined the EU naval operation against smugglers and…
Rescue 115 was called out to locate the Ocean Pioneer after it lost power and all means of communication
#Rescue - A fishing trawler in distress off the Irish coast has been found after concerns that it had sunk, as the Irish Examiner reports. Contact was lost with the 22m Ocean Pioneer after it was left without power some…

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