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Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Mr Paul Kehoe, yesterday attended the decommissioning ceremony of LÉ Aisling in Galway Docks
#Decommissioning - Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Mr Paul Kehoe, yesterday attended the decommissioning ceremony of LÉ Aisling in Galway Docks. LÉ Aisling was the longest serving vessel in the Irish Naval Service fleet. The ‘Deirdre’ class vessel built by…
HMCS Fredericton joins NATO Operation Reassurance (with en route call to Dublin next week) as part of measures of security and stability in central and eastern Europe
#NATOfrigate -  A Royal Canadian Navy ‘Halifax’ frigate is to call to Dublin Port next week and which has been deployed on Operation Reasurrance for a NATO Force. HMCS Frederiction is to join the Standing NATO Maritime Forces fleet based…
Migrants transfer from a RIB to board LE Roisin yesterday
#Rescue&Recovery - OPV LÉ Róisín has carried out a search and rescue (SAR) that located 111 migrants from a long rubber vessel almost 40nm north-west off Tripoli, the Libyan capital. Unfortunately, two deceased female migrants were recovered as part of…
The float-out of the third OPV90 class newbuild LE William Butler Yeats (P63) in March, the last of the current batch built by Babcock that cost almost €200m
#GovOrderOPV - Paul Kehoe, Junior Defence Minsiter has secured Government approval to purchase another OPV vessel for the Naval Service. This ensures that the service will continue to have at least eight ships while at the same time replacing older…
LE Roisin has transferred 375 migrants at the Scilian east coast port of Catania
#RescueTransfer - LÉ Róisín has transferred a total of 375* migrants on Thursday to the Sicilian east coast port of Catania, following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordniation Centre.  This follows the completion of a rescue the previous…
RIBs deployed from LE Roisin carry out the rescue of refugee migrants off Libya at the weekend
#ThirdRescue - Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe at the weekend praised the crew of LÉ Róisín under the command of her captain, Lieutenant Commander Ultan Finegan, for their continued role in assisting with the migrant…
A RIB deployed from LE Roisin on SAR migrant duties
#SecondSAR - LÉ Róisín successfully searched and rescued (SAR) yesterday 274* migrants from a 18m long wooden vessel craft 39 nautical miles north-west of Tripoli, Libya. The rescue was at the request of the Italian Maritime Co-Oridnation Centre.  Immediately following…
A semi-rigid RIB boat from LE Roisin is seen on the first humanitarian search and rescue mission since the OPV was deployed last Thursday
#FirstRescue - The crew of LÉ Róisín under the command of her captain, Lieutenant Commander Ultan Finegan, were praised by Minister of State for Defence, Mr Paul Kehoe, assisting with the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. The Minister commenting…
LÉ Róisín departing Haulbowline on Sunday 1 May for the Naval Service's first Mediterranean deployment of 2016
#Roisin2Med - LÉ Róisín has departed Naval Base at Haulbowline this afternoon (Sunday 1 May) for Ireland's latest search and rescue mission in the Mediterranean. As previously reported on, LÉ Róisín follows last year's humanitarian missions by LÉ Eithne,…
L.É. Róisín will depart the Naval Base, Haulbowline on Sunday, 1st May, to assist Italian authorities in search and rescue (SAR) activities in the Mediterranean.
#Roisin2Med - Minister for Defence, Mr. Simon Conveney, T.D., announced today that L.É. Róisín will depart the Naval Base, Haulbowline on Sunday, 1st May 2016, to assist the Italian authorities in the search and rescue activities in the Mediterranean. Earlier…
L.É. Róisín.the first of three Naval Service OPV's to be deployed on rotational basis to assist humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean
#OPVtoMed - Minister for Defence, Mr. Simon Coveney through the approval of the Government is to despatch the Naval Service OPV L.É. Róisín to the Mediterranean. The OPV with a crew of approximately sixty personnel of the Permanent Defence Force are…
The largest aircraft in the Irish Air Corps, a Casa Maritime Patrol Aircraft flies above the Spire, Dublin
#[email protected] – Representing the Naval Service at the 1916 Easter Rising centenary parade held in Dublin were personnel from the navy and a related fishery patrol aircraft, writes Jehan Ashmore. In a rare Air Corps Fleet Fly Past display totalling…
Naval Service personnel attend St Patrick’s Day reception held at Áras an Uachtaráin
#PresidentTribute - Naval Service members were paid tribute by President Michael D Higgins for rescuing migrants trying to get to Europe by crossing the Mediterranean, writes The Irish Times. About 200 members of the Naval Service, and others from the…
Float out of the P63 LE William Butler Yeats. See video below.
#ThirdOPV90 - According to, the Naval Service has reportedly floated out the third and final OPV90 / Samuel Beckett-class newbuild LÉ William Butler Yeats (P63). A total of two Samuel Beckett-class OPVs were ordered by Ireland's Department of Defence…
Naval Service OPV LÉ Róisin to be deployed on refugee rescue role in the Mediterranean
#RoisinRefugees - The Naval Service confirmed that LÉ Róisín is to be deployed to the Mediterranean Sea at the end of this month to resume humanitarian missions, writes The Irish Examiner. A Naval Service spokesman said that plans had been…
Female members of Defence Forces Guard of Honour commemorate role of women in 1916 Rising
#1916women - Female sailors,soldiers, and airwomen of the Defence Forces took part in the International Women's Day event yesterday in Royal Hospital Kilmainham. The event  included a 30 woman, tri-service Captain's Guard Of Honour led by Captain Danielle Murphy, to…

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