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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…
A rigid inflatable boat (RIB) from LE Samuel Beckett with rescued migrants on board
#MigrantRescue - The Naval Service recently deployed LÉ Samuel Beckett, located and rescued a total of 130*migrants yesterday during a search and rescue (SAR) operation. The rescue took place 22 nautical miles NE of Tripoli, Libya. The rescue operation arose…
A record number of rescued migrants in one day was carried out by the Naval Service OPV
#RecordRescue - Records were broken by LÉ Samuel Beckett last night with the biggest migrant total transported to safety in one single day, writes The Irish Examiner. The Naval Service patrol ship was steaming towards an Italian port with 652 rescued…
LE James Joyce which rescued almost 2,500 people off north Africa, has returned to a large welcome in Cork Harbour
#JoyceReturns - The LÉ James Joyce has since this report by The Irish Times returned to Cork Harbour this morning. The OPV90 class ship was welcomed by Minister of State for Defence, Paul Kehoe following a deployment in the Mediterranean in…
A photo taken from the Navy vessel LE Niamh of the trawler rescue by Courtmacsherry lifeboat 20 –miles off Seven Heads last night
The Courtmacsherry RNLI All Weather Lifeboat has arrived in Union Hall with the stricken 60–ft fishing boat that had got into difficulties some seven hours earlier. The crew reported via a Mayday call at 5.46 pm last evening that they…

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