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60 Years Peacekeeping1958 - 2018

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of Ireland's first Peacekeeping deployment in 1958.

Since then, Ireland have maintained the longest unbroken service on the front line of peace with over 70,000 individual tours of duty completed by the men and women of Óglaigh na hÉireann.

This year, we remember the 87 members of the Defence Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of Peace.

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Coastal Patrol Vessel

The Naval Service operates two Coastal Patrol Vessels. These vessels were bought from the British Royal Navy and commissioned into service in the 1980s. Due to their high speed and shallow draught these vessels are ideal for patrolling close to Ireland's coastline. During their service these vessels have been involved in some of the largest seizures of narcotics and arms in Irish history.

Naval Service Coastal Patrol Vessels

LÉ Orla

L.É. ORLA was formally the HMS SWIFT a British Royal Navy patrol vessel stationed in the waters of Hong Kong. She was purchased by the Irish State in 1988.

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LÉ Ciara

L.É. CIARA was formally the HMS SWALLOW a British Royal Navy patrol vessel stationed in the waters of Hong Kong. She was purchased by the Irish State in 1988.

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Ships Characteristics

Type

Coastal Patrol Vessel

Length

62.6m

Beam

10m

Draught

2.7m

Main Engines

2 X Crossley SEMT- Pielstick Diesels 14,400 HP
2 Shafts

Speed

25 + Knots

Range

2500 Nautical Miles @ 17 knots

Crew

39 (5 Officers)

Weaponry on Board
Main Armament     76mm OTO Melara Canon
Radamec Fire Control System
Secondary Armament

2 X 20mm Rheinmetall Rh202 Canon
2 X 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun

Small Arms 9mm Pistol to 7.62mm General Purpose Machine Gun

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