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Rescued migrant refugees on board a RHIB belonging to the OPV LÉ William Butler Yeats as seen off Libya
Navy
#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
News Update
#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.
Coastguard
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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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…
Life And The Sea: A Special Commemoration At SeaFest 2017 This Evening
Galway Harbour
#GalwayHarbour - A civic and military service to remember all those who have lost their lives at sea and recognise the heroism of all in our rescue services will be held in Galway Harbour this evening (Friday 30 June). Mayor…
At the scene of the rescue operation, LE Eithne off the coast of Libya
Navy
#Refugees - LÉ Eithne of the Irish Naval Service writes the Journal.ie has rescued approximately 183 people yesterday (25 June) in the Mediterranean Sea, just north of the Libyan capital Tripoli. While on patrol at around 6 am, the LÉ…
The HPV LE Eithne yesterday rescued refugee migrants off Libya during Operation Pontus. Note the addition of the awning covering the HPV's heli-deck, to provide shelter to those rescued from the wind and sunny climate of the Mediterranean.
Navy
#RefugeeRescue- Following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, LÉ Eithne yesterday located and rescued a total of 135 migrants off Libya. The migrants were found on an inflatable craft approx 83Km off the north-west coast of Tripoli.…
Paul Kehoe refuses to comment on criticism from Italian authorities of LE ‘Niamh’ in not entering territorial waters of Libya during a refugee rescue operation in August 2015. Above a RIB dispatched from LE Samuel Beckett assists a rescue last year.
Navy
#MinisterDefends - Paul Kehoe Minister of State for Defence has said he was immensely proud of the Naval Service as the LE Eithne and its crew prepared to depart for the Mediterranean to assist in the rescue of refugees fleeing…
Naval Service flagship LE Eithne underway on exercise. The HPV is to depart today on its second deployment to assist in humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean
Navy
#EithneToMed - Patrol vessels of the Naval Service will be deployed for a third summer of humanitarian operations in the Mediterranean. As Independent.ie writes the Naval Service flagship, LE Eithne, has been assigned to begin the rotation of three ships in…
Former Irish Naval Service LE Aisling which was sold for €110,000 but is said to be back on market at €685,000. The vessel renamed Avenhorn was towed from Cork in late April and is seen above just after delivery voyage to Rotterdam.
News Update
#AislingResale - An auctioneer in Cork who handled the State’s sale of the Naval Service patrol ship LE Aisling for €110,000 has said he is not surprised if the vessel is now being advertised at multiples of that figure, writes…
LÉ Niamh had informed the Italian coastguard it was too dangerous to proceed to the vessel as it was too close to the Libyan coast, according to extracts of recordings cited in evidence during a trial in Palermo, Sicily.
Navy
#DeploymentDelays - Tensions between a Naval Service patrol ship and the Italian coastguard writes The Irish Times, have emerged during a trial of three Libyan men accused of people trafficking in the Mediterranean. The exchanges have led to a call…
Farewell Aisling: The former Naval Service OPV passes off Cobh, Cork Harbour for the final time last night, Sunday under tow to the Netherlands.
News Update
#FarewellAisling! - The former LÉ Aisling which was sold at public auction this date last month departed Cork Harbour for the final time last night marking an end of an era, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 36 year old Offshore Patrol…

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