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A picket by Defence Force members outside the offices of elected representatives in Clondalkin, Co. Dublin
#NavalService - The writes of appalling pay and conditions endured by those in the Defence Forces saw retired members picketing politicians’ constituency offices across the country. In Clondalkin Village last Saturday, former Defence Forces members picketed to remind local…
Detention of fishing vessel by LÉ Samuel Beckett took place off Mizen Head, Co. Cork
#NavalService- A fishing vessel has been detained by the Irish Naval Service off the coast of Mizen Head, Co. Cork in relation to “an alleged breach of fishing regulations”. The vessel writes was detained by the Naval Service offshore…
Pictured are siblings of Corporal Patrick ‘Bob’ Gallagher, Peter, Pauline, Theresa and Rosemary  with a portrait of their brother Corporal Patrick Gallagher and replica of USS Gallagher at the reception in recognition of naming of the ship USS Patrick Gallagher hosted by Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring
Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring hosted a special reception for the Gallagher family in recognition of naming of the ship USS Patrick Gallagher by US Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer earlier this year. Corporal Patrick ‘Bob’ Gallagher” from…
This day last week, 27 October, marked the 30th anniversary (1988) at Rosyth Naval Base, Scotland where a pair of UK Royal Navy 'Peacock' class vessels that were based in Hong Kong, were handed over to the Irish Naval Service, where they continue to serve proudly and with distinction as LÉ Orla (P41) and LÉ Ciara (P42). However they are among the oldest in the fleet.
#NavalService - A pair of Peacock class UK Royal Navy patrol vessels that had been based in Hong Kong, were handed over to the Irish Naval Service 30 years ago, writes Jehan Ashmore. The pair LÉ Orla (video) the former…
LÉ Roisin one of the P50 class 'pair' to be included in the extension survey. AFLOAT adds above the OPV80 vessel in the Atlantic Ocean at the Kinsale Gas Field, off the Cork Coast. The Irish Naval Service contract awarded to Tymor Marine headquartered in Aberdeen, is the centre of Scotland's North Sea offshore oil & gas industry, a sector the consultancy is also involved.
#NavalService - A contract from the Irish Naval Service has been awarded to a Scottish based marine architecture consultancy, Tymor Marine to support the vessel mid-life overhaul programme. As Naval-Technology reports, Tymor headquartered in Aberdeen, will provide the Irish Navy with…
A crew member of LÉ James Joyce along with Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett (on right) and Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe who commented on the arrival: "It was a privilege to greet ship captain Lt commander Martin Brett and the rest of the crew who will now enjoy a well-earned break with their families".
#NavalService - LÉ James Joyce completed a 100 day tour of duty in the Mediterranean Sea as part of EUNAVFOR-Med, Operation Sophia, having returned yesterday to its homeport of Cork Harbour to be welcomed by families and loved ones alongside…
Due to adverse weather a change of Dublin Bay port's has led to today's (Sat. 27 Oct) public tours of flagship LÉ Eithne take place in Dublin Port instead of those previously scheduled for today in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.
#NavalService - Due to adverse weather conditions Naval Service flagship LÉ Eithne will now be open to the public today in Dublin Port at Sir John Rogersons Quay, and not Dun Laoghaire Harbour as previously advertised.  The crew of LÉ…
Naval Service flagship, LÉ Eithne is open to guided public tours in Dun Laoghaire Harbour (as above at St. Micheal's Pier) this Saturday, 27 October (further details read below). Also seen is the large aft-deck space where helicopters landed in the early career of the 1984 built ship which has an associated aircraft hanger, hence the requirement of twin funnel uptakes.
#NavalService - Following the Budget, Defence spending increases to €946m next year, this will include plans to replace Naval Service flagship LÉ Eithne with a new MRV, in the meantime the ageing ship opens to the public in Dun Laoghaire…
The Naval Service’s newest ship LÉ George Bernard Shaw (P64) berthed alongside Haulbowline Naval Base, Cork Harbour. The €67m newbuild under the command of Lieutenant Commander Frank O’Connor made a delivery voyage across the Celtic Sea from a UK shipyard.  As AFLOAT reported in August, the vessel's primary armament a 76mm OTO Melara naval gun is to be fitted in the coming weeks.
#NavalService - The newest Irish Naval Service Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) LÉ George Bernard Shaw completed a delivery voyage from a UK shipyard to Cork Harbour, writes Jehan Ashmore. Minister with responsibility for Defence, Mr Paul Kehoe TD, welcomed the…
Irish Naval Service’s LÉ Niamh (above) along with sister Afloat adds, Roisin the namesake of the OPV80/ P50 class patrol vessels would undergo a mid-life refit as part of Defence Forces spending which in 2019 will increase by €47.5m to almost €1b
#NavalService - Naval Service along with the Army and Air Corps that form the Defence Forces reports The Irish Times, has received significant extra money for purchases of new equipment next year. Morale in the Defence Forces has been hit…
Above L.E. James Joyce Afloat adds is the current Naval Service vessel involved in Operation Sophia.
#NavalService - The Tánaiste Simon Coveney has ruled out suspending Ireland's Naval Service involvement in the Mediterranean migrant rescue mission and bringing crews home to deal with staff shortages. As The Irish Times writes, Independents4Change TD Clare Daly claimed “the…
The Irish Naval Service base on Haulbowline Island, Cork Harbour, homeport to a fleet of eight patrol vessels.
#NavalService - The Irish Times writes that the head of Defence Forces has sought to make a verbal submission to the Public Sector Pay Commission because of the seriousness of the military pay issue in the view of himself and…
The LÉ Niamh was one of two ships held at base over crew shortages last week
#Navy - According to The Irish Times, two Naval Service vessels were prevented from leaving their Haulbowline base last week due to crew shortages. The LÉ Orla and LÉ Niamh were both kept at their docks while reserve members were…
One of the RIBS equipped on board the newbuild P60 Class L.E. George Bernard Shaw which yesterday evening departed Appledore (above) in the UK, to carry out sea trials this month in the Bristol Channel. The use of RIBS is to have the ability to intercept, board and inspect vessels at sea is critical to Maritime Defence and Security Operations.
#NavalService - Afloat has tracked the Irish Naval Service's latest offshore patrol vessel carry out sea-trials which involved the €67m newbuild in the Bristol Channel while off the north Devon coast from where the ship was built, writes Jehan Ashmore. The newbuild…
Spanish defence ministry tweets NATO hashtag during exercise between its frigate and LÉ James Joyce which Afloat adds is seen underway in the Meditteranean
#NavalService - The Irish Times writes the Department of Defence denied that a Naval Service patrol ship was involved in any NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) exercise or operation during a manoeuvre with a Spanish frigate in the Mediterranean earlier (last…
LÉ William Butler Yeats at Haulbowline in 2016
The Irish Times reports that the Naval Service has detained a Spanish fishing vessel that had more than 5,000 shark fins. Last week, the Virxen da Blanca, one of a fleet longline fishing for shark of the South West, was…

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