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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…
Sleek Profile: LÉ Róisín is open to public guided tours this August Bank Holiday Weekend while the OPV is berthed at Rathmullan Pier, Lough Swilly in Co. Donegal
#NavalService - L.E. Róisín, leadship of a pair of 'Róisín' or OPV80 class offshore patrol vessels will be open to the public in Co. Donegal this August Bank Holiday weekend. The OPV is berthed at Rathmullan Pier, Lough Swilly where…
Crew of LE Samuel Beckett arrive home after three months deployment in the Mediterranean on humanitarian rescue operations
#NavalService - Naval Service crew from offshore patrol vessel (OPV) LÉ Samuel Beckett arrived home to a heroes welcome today after three months in the Mediterranean on humanitarian rescue operations. The vessel writes Independent.ie is under the command of Lt…
 Irish Naval Service plans to use drones to crack down on drug smuggling. Above Afloat adds the LE James Joyce recently arrived into the Mediterranean to take over Operation Sophia duties from LE Samual Beckett.
#NavalService - Use of drones by the Irish Naval Service is set to be stepped up in a bid to clamp down on illegal fishing and pollution offenses at sea. Remotely operated pilot air systems writes the Irish Central have…
LE James Joyce is seen in a view taken from Haulbowline Naval Base in lower Cork Harbour. The OPV90 class ship is currently nearing completion of the voyage in the central Mediterranean Sea to takeover Operation Sophia duties from a sistership.
#NavalService- LÉ James Joyce is currently in the Mediterranean having departed Cork Harbour almost a week ago to replace the first Irish Naval Service ship to be deployed to Operation Sophia during this year, writes Jehan Ashmore. Prior to the…
A Dublin Senator has suggested next ship of the Irish Naval Service to be named LÉ Maeve Binchy
#NavyNews - A Dublin Senator has suggested the next ship to be commissioned by the Irish Naval Services should commemorate a famous Irish woman. According to The Irish Times, Neale Richmond of Fine Gael has written to Minister of State…
Prince Charles at the NMCI's simulator in Ringaskiddy where nearby is the Irish Naval Base, also where the historic visit was made in Cork Harbour
#NavyNews - On visit to Cork Harbour writes the Irish Examiner, the Prince of Wales discovered that piloting a ship is like riding a bike – you never lose the knack. More than 40 years after he commanded a British…
The Irish Navy
The operations of the Naval Service at its Headquarters on Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour are to be reviewed, reports Tom MacSweeney. This follows on the approval by Bord Pleanala of planning permission for the controversial hazardous waste incinerator at…
Crew members of L.É. Samuel Beckett (which docked in Valletta, Malta) with their 'Operation Sophia' medals presented in recognition of their role in disrupting human-trafficking and smuggling in the central Mediterranean
#Navy - Crew members of L.É. Samuel Beckett in Malta last weekend were presented with their Operation Sophia medals from the Irish Naval Service, writes Jehan Ashmore. Flag Officer Commanding Naval Service (FOCNS) Commodore Michael Malone visited Valletta Harbour last…
Prince Charles and wife Camilla in Co. Donegal during their visit to the Republic in 2016. The couple are to visit the Irish Naval Base, Cork Harbour in mid-June.
#NavyNews -  A tour by the Prince of Wales of an Irish Naval Service patrol ship, to retrace steps of his ancestors in Cork and Kerry and be briefed on world-renowned conservation projects around Killarney are planned during his visit…
Al-Karama, formerly LE Aisling, sails in to Benghazi last week to join Libya’s naval fleet
#Navy - A former Naval Service OPV is now the flagship of Libya’s military. According to the Irish Sun, top Libyan military officer General Khalifa Haftar is now in possession of the former LÉ Aisling, which was put up for…
Lieut Cmdr Anthony Geraghty on board LE William Butler Yeats in Dublin Port yesterday, where Afloat adds the OPV90 class vessel remains in port as a trio of European navalships arrive in the capital today and over the May Bank Holiday weekend. (See story: Naval Visits)
#Navy - Ireland’s military engagement was given strong support in humanitarian and peacekeeping operations it was heard at two separate events held in Dublin. As The Irish Times writes, Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes told a meeting of the Irish…

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