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#DeploymentDecember – According to The Irish Independent, the role of Ireland’s migrant rescue mission in the Mediterranean headed by the Naval Service will be suspended from early December. The Government believes the rescue mission, undertaken in conjunction with the Italian…
#LeNiamhReturns - The crew of a Naval Service patrol ship savoured a hero’s welcome home after three months in the Mediterranean during which time they saved more than 4,200 migrants, reports the Irish Independent. The LE Niamh and her 59-strong…
#NavalMedTransfer – In an undisclosed location in the western Mediterranean, the Naval Service L.E. Niamh and L.E. Samuel Beckett met at rendez-vous point yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The pair of offshore patrol vessels (OPV) transferred equipment and key personnel in…
#FundingDefence - A significant boost in capital funding across the Defence Forces has been welcomed by the Minister of Defence. The funding for the Defence Sector is contained in the Capital Plan as an important element of the implementation of…
#Beckett2Med - Due to depart her base in Haulbowline, Co Cork, this morning, LÉ Samuel Beckett (P61) is to take over refugee rescue missions in the Mediterranean from LÉ Niamh. According to The Irish Examiner, it’s expected that she will…
#CadetClass- Simon Coveney, Minister for Defence, this morning attended a Naval Service Commissioning Ceremony of the 53rd Naval Service Cadet Class. The event took place at the Naval Base, in Haulbowline, Co. Cork, where the Minister offered his congratulations to…
#MedRescue - Irish Naval Service personnel came to the rescue of around 380 migrants across three operations in the Mediterranean on Friday (18 September), as the Irish Examiner reports. The responses off the Libyan coast – which included the rescue…
#GhostYacht - The Naval Service recently sank a 'ghost yacht' off the Irish coast for safety reasons - much to the dismay of its owner. As The Telegraph reports, German national Thomas Mallanut had travelled to Cornwall after he learned…
Naval ship L.É. James Joyce was named in Dun Laoghaire harbour this afternoon at a Naming and Commissioning ceremony attended by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, T.D. and the Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney, T.D. The naming ceremony of the €50m OPV was…
White Paper On Defence Launches New Ships to Include MRV
#NewMRVship - The publication of the White Paper on Defence yesterday sets out Ireland's defence policy framework for the next decade. The White Paper covers the three branches of the Defence Forces, the Army, Air Corps and the Naval Service, all of which…
Minister Coveney Launches White Paper on Defence
#WhitePaper - At an event in Dublin Castle earlier today the Minister for Defence, Mr. Simon Coveney T.D. launched the Government's new White Paper on Defence. The preparation of the White Paper was informed by a wide-ranging consultation process. The…
Migrant Crisis: Irish Naval Vessel LÉ Niamh Rescues 225 People
#RescuedMigrants - The BBC reports that  an Irish Naval Service vessel off the coast of Libya rescued 225 people as part of a major operation led by the Italian coastguard. The crew of the LÉ Niamh brought 107 migrants aboard on…
Third Naval Service Vessel Earmarked For Mediterranean
#ThirdNavyShip – According to the Irish Independent, a third Naval Service ship is to assist the migrant rescue mission in the Mediterranean within weeks. However, the Government is hoping that the dispatch of a fourth vessel will not be necessary,…
LÉ Niamh Joins Rescue As Migrant Boat Carrying Hundreds Capsizes Off Libya
#NavalService - The Naval Service's LÉ Niamh is among seven ships currently involved in the rescue of hundreds of migrants from a vessel that capsized this afternoon off Libya. As The Irish Times reports, as many as 600 people were…
Visit of LÉ James Joyce to Dun Laoghaire Is Venue for Naming Ceremony
#NamingCeremony - Afloat can reveal the Naval Service newest newbuild OPV LÉ James Joyce (P62) is to be named and commissioned during a ceremony to be held in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, writes Jehan Ashmore. The joint ceremony of the second…
Rescue of 210 Migrants As LÉ Niamh Also Recovers 14 Bodies
#RefugeeRecovery - During the course of a Search and Rescue Operation (SAR) yesterday 80km north-west of Tripoli, Libya, the LÉ Niamh (P51) rescued 210 migrants and recovered 14 bodies from a wooden barge. According to the Defence Forces, at 4.30…

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