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Naval Service OPV's LE James Joyce made a Mediterranean rendezvous with LE Roisin east of Gibraltar yesterday in an exchange of humanitarian roles
#Rendezvous - L.É. James Joyce which has been tasked to continue humanitarian duties in the Mediterranean made a rendezvous with L.É. Roisin, east of Gibraltar yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore OPV LE James Joyce departed the Naval Base, Haulbowline on Friday,…
The Seagull drone boat is designed for the most dangerous naval missions
#Navy - The future of maritime defence is here – in the form of a torpedo-wielding drone boat called Seagull. The video below from Vocativ shows a prototype of the 40ft vessel in action, displaying its stealthy manoeuvrability on the…
Newest Naval Service OPV, L.É. William Butler Yeats (P63) began builder’s sea trials this week in the Bristol Channel
#YeatsSeaTrials - Newest Naval Service OPV, L.É. William Butler Yeats (P63) began builder’s sea trials in the Bristol Channel until returning today to Appledore in the UK, writes Jehan Ashmore. L.É. William Butler Yeats was floated-out in March from Babcock Marine…
Cork Harbour Naval base showing single road bridge access to Ringaskiddy where Indaver wants to build an incinerator
The Minister with Responsibility for Defence has stated that the operational requirements of the Defence Forces will be reviewed, depending on the outcome of Bord Pleanala’s decision on the application by Indaver to build an incinerator at Ringaskiddy in Cork…
LÉ Róisín successfully located and rescued a total of 371* migrants from three separate rubber vessels located 37 Nautical Miles NW of Tripoli.
#RoisinRescues - Once again the Naval Service OPV LÉ Róisín has been kept busy having been deployed in successfully locating and rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. The operations carried out on Monday involved the saving of 371* migrants in…
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, T.D.in 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 Afloat.ie, 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…

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