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Naval Service Newbuild OPV to be Floated-Out in November
#NavalNEWBUILDS – L.E. Samuel Beckett, the first of a pair of newbuild OPV vessels under construction for the Naval Service was expected to be floated-out next month, however this has been re-scheduled to November, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported…
L.E. Emer’s Public Auction to Take Place in Carrigaline, Co. Cork
#AuctionEMER - Cork Auctioneer Dominic Daly is to handle the sale of the decommissioned Naval Service OPV L.E. Emer (P21) which is to be put up for public auction in a month's time, writes Jehan Ashmore. The auctioneer is to…
Ex-Officers Group Say Naval Service Should Take Part in UN and EU Missions
#NavalServiceRole – Patrol vessels of the Irish Naval Service should participate in UN- and EU-sponsored "international maritime security" missions, according to the Irish Maritime Forum. The State's fleet should also be expanded to match the size of New Zealand's navy,…
L.E. Emer Heads Upriver of the Lee for Decommissioning Ceremony
#FarewellEMER – As previously reported, L.E. Emer (P21) of the Irish Naval Service which spent a career spanning more than 35 years, was decommissioned at a ceremony held in Cork City Quays today, writes Jehan Ashmore. The oldest vessel in…
LE Emer to Decommission After 36 Years Naval Service
#FarewellEMER – Irish Naval Service vessel LE Emer (P21) is being decommissioned from the service today after almost 36 years in use. The oldest vessel in the service, LE Emer was built in Verolme Cork Dockyard and was commissioned on…
A Flying Send-Off as L.E. Emer Bids Dublin Bay Farewell
#FarewellEMER - Today the sell-listed L.E. Emer (P21) departed Dublin Port for the final time and it was also the Naval Service OPV's last patrol, writes Jehan Ashmore. She headed out of Dublin Bay under the command of Lt .Cdr.…
Flight Fest Flyover Above Dublin Port Sees Return of ‘Farewell’ L.E. Emer
#FarewellEMER – This Sunday's spectacular Flight Fest Flyover above Dublin Port and city-centre quays is from where the event is to be officially launched by the LE. Emer (P21), writes Jehan Ashmore. The return to Dublin Port of the sell-listed…
Naval Service Represented in New Stamps to Honour Defence Forces 60 Years of Overseas Service
#NavalService - More than 60 years of overseas service by the Defence Forces are to be honoured in a set of stamps launched today. The four-stamp set depicts the four branches of the forces – the Army, Naval Service, Air…
Minister Pledges Continued Support for Naval Service of State Sovereignty Over Maritime Jurisdiction
#NavalService – Today's Irish Times reports that the Government remains committed to supporting the Naval Service. Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe pledged to ensure Ireland's sovereignty is maintained over the State's maritime jurisdiction. Mr. Kehoe said the success…
L.E. Emer: A Career Stretching Beyond Fishery Patrols to The Lebanon
#FarewellEMER – Dublin Port is to bid farewell to L.E. Emer (P21) on her final visit to the capital today.  Under command of Lt. Cdr. Alan O'Regan she is to resume her last patrol prior to de-commissioning on 20 September,…
L.E. Emer Makes Farewell Patrol ‘Cruise’ in Dublin Bay
#FarewellEMER – L.E. Emer (P21) has completed a four-hour farewell patrol 'cruise' in Dublin Bay today for former crew members of the 1978 built vessel, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Naval Service offshore patrol vessel (OPV) had on board both members…
L.E. Emer to Make Final Farewell Visit to Dun Laoghaire Harbour
#FarewellEMER – L.E. Emer (P21) the oldest member of the eight-strong Naval Service fleet is to make her final scheduled visit to Dun Laoghaire Harbour tomorrow, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported, L.E. Emer is making her final patrol before…
British Fishing Vessel Detained by Navy off Mizen Head
#FishingDetention – A British registered fishing vessel was detained yesterday by the Naval Service OPV L.É. Aoife (P22) approximately 90 nautical miles south west off Mizen Head, Co Cork. The detention was in relation to an alleged technical breach of…
Auctioneer Dominic J Daly Appointed to Sell Naval Vessels LE Emer & LE Aoife
#navy – Cork Auctioneer Dominic Daly is to sell the Navy Vessel LE Emer (P21) in early October. The Auctioneer, who recently handled the public auction of the Clipper Faith Cargo vessel for the Admiralty Marshall, confirmed arrangements are now in place with…
Historic Handover of Command between Female Naval Service Captains
#FemaleCaptains -For the first time the command handover ceremony between female captains of the Naval Service took place in Waterford City quays on Friday. The ceremony held on board L.É. Aoife (P22) saw outgoing Captain, Lieutenant Commander Erika Downing hand…
Novel Nobel Names for Naval Service Newbuilds
#NavalNewNames – According to The Irish Times, the Government has decided to name the two new OPV patrol vessels after Nobel prize-winning Irish writers. The move is a departure from the policy of naming vessels after female mythical figures. The…

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