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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…
Irish Defence Forces personnel from the Naval Service along with UK's NCA and Border Force officers have intercepted a catamaran containing cocaine off the coast of Cornwall.
#NavalService - A catamaran has been found with a "significant quantity of cocaine" when seized in the English Channel in an operation involving Irish Defence Forces. As RTÉ News reported, five men have been arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling.…
L.E James Joyce in the central Mediterranean while undergoing a Replenishment at Sea (RAS) exercise with the German Navy auxiliary tanker/tender FGS Mosel.
#NavalService - Previously on Afloat, the Irish Naval Service P60 class LÉ James Joyce was featured conducting 'Friendly Approaches', this time the OPV is seen pictured above undergoing a replenishment at sea (RAS) exercise. The Offshore Patrol Vessel, LÉ James…
An Irish Naval Service rigid inflatable boat (RIB) from LÉ James Joyce makes a 'Friendly Approach' to a merchant vessel in the central Mediterranean Sea. This type of vessel is used in the offshore energy sector, noting the extensive aft working deck.
#NavalService - As previously reported on Afloat, LÉ James Joyce last month was deployed to the central Mediterranean to take over Operation Sophia duties which also involve 'friendly approaches' The Irish Naval Service P60 class Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) replaced…
Starboard side of the newest Naval Service P60 class newbuild George Bernard Shaw (P64) berthed at the fit-out Newquay Dock, Appledore, north Devon.  Note the absence of the main bow-mounted gun.
#NavalService - The newest Irish Naval Service OPV vessel, George Bernard Shaw is nearing completion at the fit-out quay alongside Appledore in the UK, from where the next set of sea trials is scheduled for September, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
Last month, 65 recruits were called to the Naval Service headquarters (above) in Haulbowline, Cork Harbour to undertake medical and fitness tests. Just six turned up for a recruitment class that was supposed to be up to 48-strong.
#NavalService - The Irish Examiner writes of a damning report that highlights the reduced calibre of recruits in the Defence Forces, concluding that some had severe learning difficulties, others were extremely unfit, and one had been arrested numerous times by…

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