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30 More Civilian Workers May Have Been Exposed to Asbestos on Navy Ship
#Asbestos – While carrying out routine maintenance of a Naval Service patrol vessel, it is now being claimed that 30 more civilian workers could also have been exposed to potentially lethal asbestos, writes The Irish Examiner. That's in addition to…
Naval Service Newbuild OPV L.E. Samuel Beckett Conducts Sea Trials in Bristol Channel
#LESamuelBeckett – The Naval Service newest newbuild OPV L.E. Samuel Beckett (P61) this week has undergone her shipbuilders sea-trails in the Bristol Channel, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 1,900 tonnes OPV90 class 'enhanced Roisin class' which cost  €49m was floated-out in…
Spot the Difference!... Old & New Naval Service Newbuild: L.E. Samuel Beckett
#SamuelBeckett – At first glance L.E. Samuel Beckett (P61), the first of a pair of longer (90m) newbuild OPV's which was floated-out at Babcock Marine's Appledore shipyard in November, displays a notably larger mast compared to her predecessors, writes Jehan…
Navy Ship LE Niamh Operating In Stormy Seas off the Irish Coast
#navy – A view from the bridge of  LE Niamh, shows just how rough conditions can be around our coast for the Irish Navy on patrol. But, as this Defence Forces footage reveals, the 78m vessel is designed for just such…
Irish Naval Service Divers Get Hand Held Sonar & Navigation System
#navy – The Irish Navy has acquired a 'Navigator Diver Held Sonar and Navigation System' manufactured by Shark Marine Technologies Inc. of Ontario, Canada. The navy divers believe the system equipped with forward-looking multi-beam sonar will assist them in their diving…
New Flag Officer for Naval Service
#FlagOfficer- The Irish Times writes that a new flag officer, Cmdr Hugh Tully who has 36 years experience with the Naval Service has been appointed. Cmdr Tully takes over the role of Flag Officer Commanding Naval Service from Rear Admiral…
Second Fishing Detention by L.E. Aoife off Cork Coast
#TrawlerDetained – An Irish registered fishing vessel was detained by the Naval Service OPV OPV L.É. Aoife (P22) on Wednesday approximately 40 nautical miles South East of Cork. The detention was in relation to an alleged breach of fishing regulations.…
UK Registered Trawler Detained by Naval Service
#TrawlerDetained – The Naval Service OPV L.É. Aoife (P22) detained a fishing vessel registered in the UK approximately 70 nautical miles south of Cork. The detention was in relation to an alleged breach of fishing regulations. According to the Naval…
Former Atlantic Dawn Supertrawler Detained in Irish Waters
#Supertrawler - The Irish Times writes that the Naval Service OPV LÉ Roisín (P51) has detained one of the world's largest fishing vessels, the former Irish flagged Atlantic Dawn , for alleged infringements in Irish waters. The 144-metre supertrawler, which…
Navy Detain Irish Trawler off Waterford Coast
#DetainedTrawler – The Naval Service's CPV LÉ Ciara (P42) detained an Irish registered fishing vessel last week in an area approximately 20 nautical miles off the south Waterford coast. The vessel was detained for an alleged breach of fishing regulations.…
Naval Service OPV Newbuild L.E. Samuel Beckett ‘Floated-Out’ from Devon Shipyard
#OPVnewbuilds – L.E. Samuel Beckett, the first of a pair of newbuild OPV vessels under construction for the Naval Service was floated-out earlier this month from a north Devon shipyard, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported on, the floating-out…
Leading Defence Forces Role for Naval Service Commodore
#NavalLEADER - Alan Shatter, Minster for Justice has promoted a Naval Service leader to the position of Defence Forces deputy chief of staff for the first time in the State's history. Commodore Mark Mellett was confirmed in the new position…
Navy’s Retired LE Emer Sold for Role in Niger Delta
#EmerNIGERIA– As previously reported, the former Naval Service vessel LE Emer, which stood down last month after 35 years has been sold to a new owner who says he's unsure on private or security role for the vessel in the…
L.E. Emer Sold to Nigerian for €320,000
#EmerSOLD– A Nigerian company director has brought the former Irish Naval Service OPV L.E. Emer (P21) at auction for €320,000 reports RTE News. The new owner has yet to decide whether to convert it for pleasure use or use it…
Naval Service Detain Foreign Fishing Vessels off South & West Coasts
#TrawlerDetentions – Two foreign fishing vessels were detained on Saturday by the Naval Service for alleged technical breach of fishing regulations. The most recent detention took place in the evening when the Naval Service flagship L.É. Eithne (P31) detained a…
Naval Service Fleet 'Stuck In Dry-Docks'
#NavalMaintanance – Almost half the Naval Service fleet was simultaneously out of action due to maintenance problems, a military conference has been told. According to the Irish Independent which has more on this story, the troops attending the conference heard…
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