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In June the head of the Naval Service announced the LÉ Eithne and another ship were being put into operational reserve until personnel could be found to adequately man them.

The Naval Service is operating with about a third of the required number of personnel needed to safely maintain its weapons. There are currently only(...)

An announcement last June that the LÉ Eithne and the LÉ Orla, above, were being taken out of active service due to personnel shortages caused considerable anger among Defence Forces personnel

The Department of Defence was unhappy with how the military responded to media queries about two Naval Service ships being taken out of service, inter(...)

Naval Service’s flagship the LÉ Eithne has been withdrawn from service

The announcement by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that the Naval Service will not participate in any new humanitarian missions to the Mediterranean has been (...)

Irish Navy’s LÉ Eithne: plays key role in monitoring maritime smugglers who travel around the north of Ireland to mainland Europe in an effort to avoid detection.

The mothballing of almost one-quarter of the Naval Service’s ships will have a significant effect on the State’s ability to stop drug smuggling throu(...)

 Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe said there would be ‘huge challenges’ with staffing in the Naval Service throughout the year. Photograph: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

The Government is insisting there is no division between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe on the issue of naval shi(...)

Pamela O’Reilly from New Zealand rembered her Grandfather George Robinson. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Relatives of those who were on the RMS Leinster when it was sunk by a German submarine 100 years ago have visited the site of the sinking. The mail b(...)

File photograph of naval manoeuvres off Roches Point, Cork. It is understood the Naval Service had been tracking the yacht that was detained on Thursday for some time.

Gardaí were continuing on Thursday night to question three men arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking following the detention of a yacht off the Ir(...)

Armed Naval and Garda personnel with the cocaine which was seized from a yacht off the west coast of Ireland, in the harbour at Castletown Bere in Co Cork in 2008. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A hospital porter who found that his work increasingly involved wheeling the dead bodies of overdose victims thanked a Naval Service officer for savin(...)

The increase will  be used to begin the planning process for the replacement of the Naval Service’s flagship vessel LÉ Eithne (above, on a rescue operation in the Mediterranean) with a new multi-role ship. Photographs: Irish Defence Forces

The replacement of the Naval Service’s flagship vessel and several of the Air Corps’ aircraft are provided for in the defence allocation for Budget 20(...)

The LÉ Eithne rescued 703 migrants from five inflatable boats about 83km off the North West coast of Tripoli on Friday. Photograph: Defence Forces

A baby girl was born on board the Irish navy vessel LÉ Eithne on Friday after a rescue operation off the coast of Tripoli. The ship rescued 703 migra(...)

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