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Nicknamed ‘the last of the Mohicans’, the LÉ Aisling set the bar under its first captain, the ‘Sheriff’, Lieut Cdr Peadar McElhinney.
#AislingAuction - The last ship built for the Irish Naval Service at Verolme Cork Dockyard is to go under the hammer at auction in Cork next month some nine months after it was decommissioned from service. As the Irish Times…
Naval Service Assists In Yacht Rescue Off Cork Harbour
#Rescue - LÉ James Joyce was called on to rescue a man from a yacht in difficult conditions off Cork Harbour yesterday evening (Thursday 9 February). As RTÉ News reports, the Naval Service OPV was diverted from a routine patrol…
On Saturday the public can board the slick 6,000 gross tonnage 'Aquitaine' class French Navy FREMM frigate Provence during a call to the capital.
#StealthShip - Presenting ‘stealth’ characteristics is frigate Provence of the French Navy which is to make a courtesy call to Dublin tomorrow and will be open at the weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. On Saturday the public are invited to board…
Naval Service OPV90 class L.E. James Joyce was one of three ships tasked in SAR missions for refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean in the year of 2016
#NavalReview - The Defence Forces in the year of 2016 have been tasked by the Government to play a central role in the 1916 Centenary Commemorative programme. Notwithstanding the ceremonial activities performed during 2016, Óglaigh na hÉireann maintained operations, contributing…
Bosun Gerry Dore is welcomed home yesterday by wife Geraldine and his daughters and mother-in-law at Haubowline Naval Base, Cork Harbour
#BeckettHome - In time for Christmas with an arrival home writes The Irish Examiner. Hugs, kisses, and a few tears of joy shed as the crew of the LÉ Samuel Beckett disembarked to be greeted by loved ones yesterday after…
A RIB of LE Samuel Beckett during a rescue mission. Speaking at the award ceremony An Taoiseach Enda Kenny said ‘This is a special tribute that endorses the efforts and sacrifices our personnel make’.
#EuropeAward - The Irish Defences Forces were presented The European of the Year award writes The Irish Times. The award was given by the European Movement Ireland in recognition of the Defence Forces’ contribution to international peacekeeping and humanitarian work.…
The Naval Service aided the rescue of migrants from a rubber vessel off Libya this morning
#Navy - The Naval Service’s LÉ Samuel Beckett assisted in rescuing 140 migrants from the Mediterranean off Libya this morning (Saturday 3 December), as The Irish Times reports. Food, water and medical treatment were provided to the people who were…
Minister Paul Kehoe inspects a Naval Service guard of honour during the new Defence Forces medal award ceremony held in Dun Laoghaire Harbour at the weekend.
#NewMedals – New International Operational Service Medals were presented to members of the Defence Forces by Minister Paul Kehoe in Dun Laoghaire Harbour at the weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The medals are in recognition of their humanitarian missions overseas which…
Naval Service RIBS at the scene in the Mediterranean were more than 500 migrant/refugees were rescued from rubber boats off the Libyan coast
#MigrantsRescue - LÉ Samuel Beckett located and rescued a total of 508* migrants from four separate rubber vessels in the early hours of yesterday morning. The search and rescue operation according to the Naval Service took place 50 nautical miles…
International Operational Service Medals to be presented to members of Defence Forces in Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Saturday, 26 November. To mark the event the Naval Service OPV LE James Joyce (P62) will be berthed at Carlisle Pier.
#ServiceMedal - International Operational Service Medals are to be presented to members of the Permanent Defense Force at a ceremony held in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The ceremony on Carlisle Pier (12 noon Saturday, 26 November) is in recognition of their…
Night time scene as a RIB crew on Friday assist in the ongoing humanitarian search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean Sea
#MigrantRescues – Two search and rescue missions (SAR) tasked by LÉ Samuel Beckett last week saved almost 100 migrant refugees off the Libyan coast. According to the Naval Service the most recent SAR took place on Friday night following a…
In the last two days, RIBS from LE Samuel Beckett were deployed to rescue more than 400 refugee migrants off Libya
#BusyBeckett - In the space of two days, LÉ Samuel Beckett has carried out three separate rescue operations involving more than 400 people in the Mediterranean off north Africa. The first incident took place yesterday, almost 40 nautical miles off…
Migrants rescued from the barge by LE Samuel Beckett northeast of the Libyan capital
#MigrantsRescued - A total 772 migrants were rescued by LÉ Samuel Beckett from a large wooden barge during a “complex search and rescue operation” off the coast of Tripoli, Libya. The operation writes The Irish Times was carried out on…
A flyover by the Air Corps at the commissioning of LÉ William Butler Yeats in Galway where on Monday An Taoiseach endorsed plans for another newbuild but equipped with full medical facilties
#HospitalShip - The Naval Service have plans for a newbuild which would be equipped to provide full medical facilities at sea have been endorsed by Taoiseach Enda Kenny. The Irish Times writes that a White Paper on Defence promises a…
The new €66m LE William Butler Yeats seen undeway, was named and commissioned in a ceremony held at her adopted homeport of Galway yesterday
#OPV90named - A new Irish Naval Service vessel costing in the region of €66m has been formally commissioned at a ceremony in Galway Port, reports RTE News. After an address by the Taoiseach at Galway Harbour yesterday, the LÉ William…
Minister of State with special responsibility for Defence Paul Kehoe presenting the new international operational service medals to Irish Navy Service personnel
#Medals - Personnel from Irish Defence Forces writes RTE, who have taken part in humanitarian operations abroad have been presented with a new medal in Rosslare Harbour. Minister of State with special responsibility for Defence Paul Kehoe presented the new…

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