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Refugees rescued by the Irish Naval Service fell in numbers from 7,029 to 1,888 after a change in policy. Above: Naval Service flagship, LÉ Eithne in the Mediterranean.
#Navy - Refugees rescued by Irish Naval Service vessels involved in humanitarian operations fell in numbers from 7,029 in 2016 to 1,888 last year, after a change in policy to focus on security operations targeting smugglers and a drop in…
L.É. Niamh, second ship on the left seen underway as part of a six-strong EU naval flotilla that carried out a EUnavfor Operation Sophia 'anti-people trafficking' exercise held late last month in the Mediterranean Sea.
#LENiamhHomecoming - L.É. Niamh returned to Cork Harbour anchorage overnight just in time for Christmas, having carried out a new historic first for the Irish Naval Service in the participation of Operation Sophia, writes Jehan Ashmore Afloat continued tracking the OPV80…
The shipyard constructing the Irish Naval Service OPV to be named LÉ George Bernard Shaw, also contributed in the building of the UK Royal Navy's largest and most expensive warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth. The £3.1bn aircraft carrier is to be commissioned into service and as flagship at 12 noon today at Portsmouth Naval Base.
#GBShaw/QE – The shipyard currently constructing an Irish Naval Service OPV, also contributed in building the UK’s Royal Navy’s largest warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, an aircraft carrier that is to be commissioned into service at 12 noon today, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Several members of the Wives & Partners of the Defence Forces (WDPF) group are seen protesting outside Leinster House yesterday. This was followed last night with an overnight vigil held outside the Dáil. Afloat adds that the Naval Service's OPV LE Niamh is currently tasked overseas as part of the Eunavfor Med Operation Sophia which is attempting to tackle the issues of people-smuggling from north Africa.
#Navy - More than 100 people writes RTE News have taken part in a protest over pay and conditions for rank and file members of the Defence Forces. The demonstration was organised by the Wives & Partners of the Defence…
The “Álvaro de Bazán” class frigate belongs to the 31st Escort Squadron based in Ferrol, Corunna in north-west Spain.
#SpainScotland - French Navy ships are currently visiting Dublin Port with more to come among them the Spanish that also participated in Joint Warrior 172, Europe's largest military exercise for some time that had taken place off Scotland, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Command and tanker ship Somme in Toulon. The Mediterranean port is one of several bases of the French Navy.
#FrenchFriday- A flotilla from the French Navy are all scheduled to have arrived to Dublin Port this Friday and in the capital the French embassy will on Saturday take part in 'Open House Dublin' this weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. Originally a…
LÉ Niamh begins a return voyage to the Mediterranean today
#Navy - The LÉ Niamh is headed for the Mediterranean today (Friday 6 October) for the Naval Service’s first ever role in an operation directly targeting human traffickers. As BreakingNews.ie reports, the EU mission Operation Sophia aims to intercept boats…
The Irish Naval Service OPV, LE James Joyce on the first full of day arrival to the naval base headquarters on Haulbowline Island, Cork Harbour in 2015. The second OPV90 class newbuild is rafted alongside flagship L.E. Eithne at the oil berth.
#navy - Concerns have been played down by the Taoiseach as to the number of personnel quitting the Defence Forces has left the combined strength of the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service at a 50-year low. As The Irish…
Naval and army personnel on board the helideck of flagship L.E Eithne. A recent report commissioned by the Defence Forces found it is now at a “critical point” with staff numbers well below the target of 9,500.
#navy - A new recruitment competition has been opened by the Defence Forces writes The Irish Times, but this is amid concerns over dwindling troop numbers in the military. Announcing the recruitment drive on Wednesday, Minister of State for Defence…
The Irish Naval Service carried out a recent rescue off migrants off Libya
#navy - Crew from the LÉ William Butler Yeats have recovered the bodies of three migrants and rescued 285 others in an operation off the Libyan coast. The operation RTE reports took place last week in the Mediterranean 44km northwest…
Attending the DSEI Fair is LE Samuel Beckett which berthed at the ExCel centre in London's east Docklands
#navy - The Irish Naval Service are not the only foreign navy so far attending the London Arms Fair as the Belgium Navy are represented with a vessel visiting the international event, writes Jehan Ashmore. Furthermore to a previous report…
LE Samuel Beckett at London Arms Fair
The Irish Anti–War Movement has condemned the use of the Irish Naval Service patrol vessel, the LE Samuel Beckett, to 'sell arms' at the London Arms Fair. The Irish Naval Service patrol vessel LE Samuel Beckett left its home port…
Rescued migrant refugees on board a RHIB belonging to the OPV LÉ William Butler Yeats as seen off Libya
#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…
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 - 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 - 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 - 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…

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