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Naval Service Predecessor Pair Prove Their Worth Before and After ‘Beckett’ Arrival
#FisheryDetention – The day after the Naval Service's newest OPV90 class L.E. Samuel Beckett arrived at Haulbowline, the navy's second oldest unit, the 2001 built L.É. Niamh detained a Spanish registered fishing vessel, writes Jehan Ashmore. L.É. Niamh carried out…
L.E. Samuel Beckett Enters Cork Harbour for First Time to Join Naval Service Fleet
#LEsamuelBeckett – L.E. Samuel Beckett (P61) the first of a pair of OPV 90m class newbuilds, each costing €49m, arrived into Cork Harbour this morning, marking a momentous chapter in the history of the Irish Naval Service, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
L.E. Samuel Beckett On Way after Builders Sea-Trails
#LEsamuelBeckett – Yesterday The Irish Times reported that the Irish Naval Service new €50 million offshore patrol vessel, LE Samuel Beckett (P61) is to sail in to Cork Harbour this morning (Wednesday 30 April) and welcomed to join the fleet…
Devon-Built OPV L.E. Samuel Beckett Handed to Naval Service
#LEsamuelBeckett – The first of a pair of newbuild OPV's, the €50m (£41m) L.E. Samuel Beckett (P61) will be handed over to the Irish Naval Service at a Devon shipyard later, reports BBC News. The 90m (295ft) offshore patrol vessel…
Spanish Fishing Vessel Detained off Mizen Head
#TrawlerDetained – LÉ Roisin (P51) a Naval Service OPV detained a Spanish registered fishing vessel last week for alleged breaches of fishing regulations. The fishing vessel was detained approximately 100 nautical miles south-west of Mizen Head and headed to Castletownbere,…
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…

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