Defence Forces 2016Flags for Schools Initiative

As part of Ireland’s Centenary Programme to commemorate the 1916 Rising, Óglaigh na hÉireann, the Defence Forces, will play a key role in everything from State Ceremonial to assistance for our Local Authorities, our schools and our communities.

The first major task for Defence Forces 2016 is the delivery of an Irish Flag to every Primary School in the country, starting on 14th September 2015.

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The Air Corps currently operates two Casa CN 235 Maritime Patrol Aircraft. These aircraft entered service in 1994 and operate seven days a week usually in the off shore maritime patrol arena.

Working in close conjunction with the Naval Service, the two Casa CN 235 Maritime Patrol Aircraft of 101 Squadron provide an aerial platform for patrolling the Irish Economic Zone, an area of approximately 132,000 square miles or 16% of the total EU sea fisheries. This in itself represents an area almost five times the land area of Ireland and encompasses perhaps one of the most productive fisheries in the world.


  • Offshore maritime patrol
  • Inshore maritime patrol
  • Air ambulance
  • Military transport
  • Search and Rescue top cover
  • Parachuting operations
CASA Statistics
Aircraft Type Casa CN235-100 MPA
Role(s) Maritime patrolling, air ambulance, military transport, Search and Rescue top cover and Parachuting operations
Crew 2 Pilots, 2 Sensor and Radar Operators, 1 Photographer
Powerplant 2 x General Electric CT7-9C turbo props
Wing Span 25.81 metres (84 feet 8 inches)
Height 8.12 metres. (26 feet, 8 inches)
Length 21.4 metres (70 feet, 3 inches)
Armament Not Applicable
Entered Service 1994
CASA Performance
Max T/O Weight 15,800 Kilograms (34,800 pounds)
Service Ceiling 25,000 feet
Cruise Speed 180 Knots (Patrol cruise)
Maximum Speed 240 knots
Endurance 8 hours (Plus reserves)
Range 1,440 nautical miles (Patrol operations)

CASA Maritime Patrol


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