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LÉ Niamh begins a return voyage to the Mediterranean today
#Navy - The LÉ Niamh is headed for the Mediterranean today (Friday 6 October) for the Naval Service’s first ever role in an operation directly targeting human traffickers. As BreakingNews.ie reports, the EU mission Operation Sophia aims to intercept boats…
The Irish Naval Service OPV, LE James Joyce on the first full of day arrival to the naval base headquarters on Haulbowline Island, Cork Harbour in 2015. The second OPV90 class newbuild is rafted alongside flagship L.E. Eithne at the oil berth.
#navy - Concerns have been played down by the Taoiseach as to the number of personnel quitting the Defence Forces has left the combined strength of the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service at a 50-year low. As The Irish…
Naval and army personnel on board the helideck of flagship L.E Eithne. A recent report commissioned by the Defence Forces found it is now at a “critical point” with staff numbers well below the target of 9,500.
#navy - A new recruitment competition has been opened by the Defence Forces writes The Irish Times, but this is amid concerns over dwindling troop numbers in the military. Announcing the recruitment drive on Wednesday, Minister of State for Defence…
Sally is heading for warmer waters in October
'After almost five months of giving her tender loving care, the latest sea turtle rescued in Kerry is to head for Warmer Spanish waters'. Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium, writes Tom MacSweeney, says that the turtle, brought to the Aquarium “for some much-needed…
A Spring tide helped carry the fleet into the harbour at 3pm for the end of the Naval Race
Kieran & Liz O'Brien's MG335 Magnet was the IRC all–in winner of Cork Harbour's Naval Race on Sunday. White Sails IRC was Pat Barrett/Roy Hanan's Plumbat writes Bob Bateman. As well as a race in itself this year's 15-boat Naval Race formed one of…
The Irish Naval Service carried out a recent rescue off migrants off Libya
#navy - Crew from the LÉ William Butler Yeats have recovered the bodies of three migrants and rescued 285 others in an operation off the Libyan coast. The operation RTE reports took place last week in the Mediterranean 44km northwest…
Attending the DSEI Fair is LE Samuel Beckett which berthed at the ExCel centre in London's east Docklands
#navy - The Irish Naval Service are not the only foreign navy so far attending the London Arms Fair as the Belgium Navy are represented with a vessel visiting the international event, writes Jehan Ashmore. Furthermore to a previous report…
LE Samuel Beckett at London Arms Fair
The Irish Anti–War Movement has condemned the use of the Irish Naval Service patrol vessel, the LE Samuel Beckett, to 'sell arms' at the London Arms Fair. The Irish Naval Service patrol vessel LE Samuel Beckett left its home port…
Rescued migrant refugees on board a RHIB belonging to the OPV LÉ William Butler Yeats as seen off Libya
#navy - Naval Service Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) LÉ William Butler Yeats has rescued 41 migrants during two separate search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean yesterday, 2 September. RTE News reports that the search and rescue was request from…
The Irish Naval Service OPV LE Aisling before decommissioning
#newsupdate- Designs have been drawn by an Australian company to convert the State’s former Naval Service patrol ship Aisling into a luxury “superyacht”. As The Irish Times writes the proposed refit could cost several million US dollars, but would add…
The main event will commence at 10:30 with an off shore search demonstration, followed by an on-board emergency with the LÉ Eithne (above) acting as a M/V in distress.
The public are encouraged to come and watch as Dunmore East is set to host some of Irelands principal Search and Rescue assets on Saturday the 2nd of September 2017. The event known as IMSARC Demo (Irish Marine Search and…
Seen berthed at an Italian port during humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean, LÉ James Joyce which is scheduled to visit Rathmullan, Co, Donegal this August Bank Holiday Monday.
#navy - A special visitor this Bank Holiday weekend writes Donegal Now will make an appearance at the Annual Regatta and Community Festival in Rathmullan on the Monday. As previously reported on Afloat, the Irish Navy's LÉ James Joyce is…
RHIBS from the LÉ William Butler Yeats (on horizon) attend the scene of their first search and rescue (SAR) of 109 migrant/refugees off the Libyan coast last weekend.
#navy - The first search and rescue (SAR) operation has been conducted by LÉ William Butler Yeats since the Irish Naval Service OPV was deployed this year to the Mediterranean with Operation Pontus. The SAR took place on Sunday, following…
 The second newest OPV90 class / Playwright sister LÉ James Joyce is to visit Rathmullan Pier. Lough Swilly on Sunday 6 August
#navy - A Donegal T.D. Joe McHugh has announced LÉ James Joyce is to pay a visit to the county in time for the Rathmullan Community Festival and annual Regatta. Subject to operational commitments writes the Donegal Now, LÉ James…
Ordinary Seaman Craig Clear is winched to an overhead helicopter from the deck of the LÉ William Butler Yeats
#Navy - A Naval Service seaman has expressed his gratitude to the Spanish coastguard for saving his life, after he fell ill while on humanitarian duty in the Mediterranean. According to the Irish Examiner, Craig Clear was airlifted to Almeira…
Naval Redezvous: L.É. William Butler Yeats on left heads further into the Mediterranean while east off Gibraltar. The flagship LÉ Eithne is seen heading homeward bound when the naval vessels met on 17 July
#navy - Irish Naval Service flagship LÉ Eithne is due to arrive back in Cork Harbour this weekend while a fleetmate is already in the Mediterranean to continue humanitarian duties by saving lives at sea, writes Jehan Ashmore LÉ Eithne…

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