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Drones And Robotic Subs for New Naval Service Vessel
#Drones&Subs – The Naval Service will more than halve the age of its eight-vessel fleet, reports the Irish Independent, when the third ship in a €162m order is delivered by 2016. The news came as the navy's second new vessel,…
Naval Service Takes Salute From New Recruits At Passing Out Parade
#Navy - Forty-three new Naval Service recruits join a sea defence fleet that's "the most modern in its history", as the Irish Examiner reports from this week's passing out parade. The 41 men and two woman saluted their commanding Flag…
Aoife’s Malta African Refugee Role? Almost Full Circle!
#AoifesFate? – Aoife's fate still remains as the former Naval Service OPV is according to the Department of Defence in active discussions with the Maltese authorities, writes Jehan Ashmore. The department added, that negotiations in relation to the modalities to…
‘James Joyce’ Second OPV90 Newbuild Starts Sea-Trials
#JamesJoyce – James Joyce began builders sea-trials today, she is the second of a trio of OPV90 class newbuilds ordered by the Department of Defence from a UK shipyard, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat.ie has confirmed from the Department that an…
Naval Service CPV's Cleared of Asbestos Set to Resume Duties This Month
#Asbestos- OPV90 class LÉ Samuel Beckett (P61) currently in Cork Dockyard for annual maintenance is where previously a pair of Naval Service CPV had asbestos removed early in the year, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat.ie contacted the Department of Defence to…
Forget Malta - Send LÉ Aoife To Cork As Floating Museum, Says Mayor
#LÉAoife - Cork county councillors have called for the decommissioned LÉ Aoife to be turned into a floating museum after Maltese military brass branded the vessel as "junk". "Past its sell by date" is how some members of Malta's armed…
Aoife’s ‘Junk’ Status As the Future Maltese Naval Flagship (P71)?
#AoifeFuture? Should the 'Aoife' set sail for sunnier climes in Malta, despite previous reports of disquiet from Mediterranean military quarters, she would become the island state's largest naval unit, writes Jehan Ashmore. As flagship, she potentially faces the harsh realities…
LE Aoife Donation Not Welcome In Malta?
#LEAoife - Ireland's donation of the LE Aoife to Malta is not going down well with military authorities in the Mediterranean island country, according to The Irish Times. Days ago it was reported that Ireland would be donating the decommissioned…
Commodore Liam 'Willie' Brett R.I.P. 1929 - 2015
The death has taken place of Commodore (Retired) Liam Brett, former Flag Officer Commanding the Naval Service. Commodore Brett was instrumental in the expansion of the Naval Service beginning with the L.É. DEIRDRE in the early 1970s. He was pivotal…
Ireland to Make Donation of Former OPV 'Aoife' to Malta
#AoifeDonation - On the margins of an EU Defence Ministers informal meeting in Riga, Latvia, Minister for Defence, Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D. met Mr. Carmelo Abela, Minister for Home Affairs and National Security of Malta on Wednesday.  According to the Gozo…
Factory Trawlers off Blaskets Detained by Naval Service
#FactoryTrawlers –L.E. Samuel Beckett (P61) the newest Naval Service OPV has according to RTE News detained two British-registered factory trawlers for alleged breaches of fisheries legislation today. The trawlers were detained in a joint operation with the Sea Fisheries Protection…
Naval Service’s Longest Serving Vessel L.É. Aoife Decommissioned
#Decommissioned – Naval Service OPV LÉ Aoife (P22), the longest-serving vessel in the fleet has been decommissioned at a special ceremony yesterday in Waterford City, reports RTE News. In 35 years of service to the State she travelled in excess…
L.É. Aoife Makes Final Farewell Visit to Dublin Port
#FarewellDublin – Naval Service OPV L.É. Aoife (P22) departed Cork Harbour to make an overnight final farewell visit to Dublin Port before the OPV's decommissioning in Waterford this Saturday, writes Jehan Ashmore. Her arrival to the capital close to last midnight…
L.É. Aoife Only Days Before Decommissioning
#Decommission - L.É Aoife (P22), the Naval Service's oldest vessel as previously reported on Afloat.ie is on her last patrol before decommissioning with a date now confirmed for next Saturday 31 January, writes Jehan Ashmore. Waterford City is where the…
Naval Service Patrol Vessels Undergo €350,000 Asbestos Removal Works
#Asbestos- A Department of Defence spokesperson has confirmed to Afloat.ie, that the Naval Service pair of coastal patrol vessels (CPV) have been cleared of airborne asbestos and that the dangerous material was in engine room spaces, writes Jehan Ashmore. As…
Bid by Elite Seamen to Pass Gruelling Naval Diving Test
#EliteDiving - As the country was battening down the hatches and ducking for cover this week, 10 hardy hopefuls took to the icy waters of Cork harbour, writes The Irish Mirror. Standing to attention in gale force winds on Haulbowline…

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