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HMS Charger the last of a trio of Archer P2000 class patrol craft to arrive into the Irish Naval Service dock basin of the base located on Haulbowline Island, Cork Harbour
#NavalVisits - At this stage of the UK’s Royal Navy University Boat Squadron tour the last visit was to Kinsale Harbour and followed calls to Cork, Waterford and Dublin, where the flotilla is to return for the Easter Weekend, writes…
LÉ Samuel Beckett seen underway in Irish waters
#Navy - A visitor to Waterford City today (Saturday, 24 March) is the leadship of the OPV90 class LÉ Samuel Beckett which is open to the public this afternoon between 2pm and 4pm.. The 'Samuel Beckett' class offshore patrol vessel…
This on board bow view shows the moment as the latest Irish Naval Service newbuild OPV90 LÉ George Bernard Shaw is floated-out from the building hall at Babcock's shipyard in Appledore, north Devon, UK.
#Navy - The latest Irish Naval Service newbuild, LÉ George Bernard Shaw was floated-out for the first time from a UK shipyard, writes Jehan Ashmore. LÉ George Bernard Shaw costing €67m, is the fourth of the offshore patrol vessel (OPV90…
Watch Drone Video Of Naval Service Ship’s Tight Manoeuvre Into Port
#Navy - The Naval Service has posted to its Facebook page a remarkable video captured by drone of the LÉ William Butler Yeats carefully berthing in its home port at Haulbowline in Cork Harbour. The €66 million vessel, which was…
The Irish Naval Service OPV LÉ Niamh which between October and December last directly rescued 613 people and helped other ships to rescue 107 more
#Navy - It is expected the Government is to announce next Tuesday to agree to send two Naval Service ships to the Mediterranean in an effort to help the European Union’s mission to rescue migrants and reduce people-smuggling . If…
 Aer Lingus flight EI 712 had left from Cork Airport at 10:32 a.m. on a direct service to Heathrow Airport, London. The 50th anniversary of the St.Phelim Aer Lingus tragedy in which the 4 crew and 57 passengers all died is to be commemorated at Rosslare on Saturday, March 24
The 50th anniversary of the St.Phelim Aer Lingus tragedy in which the 4 crew and 57 passengers all died is to be commemorated at Rosslare on Saturday, March 24 next. There will be a wreath laying ceremony at the crash site…
Refugees rescued by the Irish Naval Service fell in numbers from 7,029 to 1,888 after a change in policy. Above: Naval Service flagship, LÉ Eithne in the Mediterranean.
#Navy - Refugees rescued by Irish Naval Service vessels involved in humanitarian operations fell in numbers from 7,029 in 2016 to 1,888 last year, after a change in policy to focus on security operations targeting smugglers and a drop in…
IMERC in Ringaskiddy was wound down in early 2017 following an unfavourable report commissioned by UCC and CIT
#IMERC - Documents seen by the Irish Examiner show that the Naval Service was against the shutting of the Irish Marine and Energy Research Cluster (IMERC) earlier this year. A joint marine research initiative of CIT’s National Maritime College of…
The Naval Service base occupies most of Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour
#CorkHarbour - Independent.ie reports that firefighters have extinguished a blaze that broke out last night (Thursday 21 December) at the Naval Service base on Haulbowline Island. The incident began around 9pm in a disused warehouse next to the officers’ mess…
L.É. Niamh, second ship on the left seen underway as part of a six-strong EU naval flotilla that carried out a EUnavfor Operation Sophia 'anti-people trafficking' exercise held late last month in the Mediterranean Sea.
#LENiamhHomecoming - L.É. Niamh returned to Cork Harbour anchorage overnight just in time for Christmas, having carried out a new historic first for the Irish Naval Service in the participation of Operation Sophia, writes Jehan Ashmore Afloat continued tracking the OPV80…
The shipyard constructing the Irish Naval Service OPV to be named LÉ George Bernard Shaw, also contributed in the building of the UK Royal Navy's largest and most expensive warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth. The £3.1bn aircraft carrier is to be commissioned into service and as flagship at 12 noon today at Portsmouth Naval Base.
#GBShaw/QE – The shipyard currently constructing an Irish Naval Service OPV, also contributed in building the UK’s Royal Navy’s largest warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, an aircraft carrier that is to be commissioned into service at 12 noon today, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Several members of the Wives & Partners of the Defence Forces (WDPF) group are seen protesting outside Leinster House yesterday. This was followed last night with an overnight vigil held outside the Dáil. Afloat adds that the Naval Service's OPV LE Niamh is currently tasked overseas as part of the Eunavfor Med Operation Sophia which is attempting to tackle the issues of people-smuggling from north Africa.
#Navy - More than 100 people writes RTE News have taken part in a protest over pay and conditions for rank and file members of the Defence Forces. The demonstration was organised by the Wives & Partners of the Defence…
The winning J109 Joker 2 – a winning Defence Forces crew was assembled in a matter of months for the inaugural international inter-service sailing contest at Cork Week 2016
With nine confirmed entries already for the 2018 edition of the Beaufort Cup, Cork Week Chairman Kieran O'Connell of Royal Cork Yacht Club says it promises to be a great event. '2016 was the inaugural event and we saw 12…
The “Álvaro de Bazán” class frigate belongs to the 31st Escort Squadron based in Ferrol, Corunna in north-west Spain.
#SpainScotland - French Navy ships are currently visiting Dublin Port with more to come among them the Spanish that also participated in Joint Warrior 172, Europe's largest military exercise for some time that had taken place off Scotland, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Command and tanker ship Somme in Toulon. The Mediterranean port is one of several bases of the French Navy.
#FrenchFriday- A flotilla from the French Navy are all scheduled to have arrived to Dublin Port this Friday and in the capital the French embassy will on Saturday take part in 'Open House Dublin' this weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. Originally a…
Top - the new Irish Ferries William Butler Yeats and above the Navy's new patrol vessel William Butler Yeats
Hello and you’re welcome to the weekly MacSweeney Podcast… The procedures and practices involved in the naming of ships once appeared to be the product of evolution and tradition, then became the choice of politicians – at least as far…

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