L.É. Orla P 41

L.É. ORLA was formerly 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. The primary armament is a 76mm OTO MELARA compact gun and RADAMEC electro optical fire control system. L.É. ORLA is a high speed vessel, designed to move rapidly about the patrol area and to bring her considerable firepower to bear when necessary.  

Officer Commanding L.É. ORLA

Lt Cdr Conor Kirwan, Officer Commanding L.É. ORLA joined the Naval Service in 1998. He is a native of Clondalkin, Dublin and attended Moyle Park College.

Lt Cdr Kirwan was commissioned as an Officer in 2000 and completed an Honours Degree in Mathematics in NUIG, graduating in 2003. Furthering his academics he completed a Diploma in Marine Surveying and a Masters Degree in Human Resource Leadership.

Lt Cdr Kirwan assumed command of L.É. ORLA in March 2013. His previous sea going appointments include Navigation Officer and Gunnery Officer on L.É. EMER and Executive Officer on L.É. ORLA.

Prior to assuming command, Lt Cdr Kirwan was the Officer in Charge of the Naval Service Diving Section and has made significant advances in diving capability. He qualified as Clearance Diving Officer with the Royal Navy in 2007.

Outside of diving he has a keen interest in sport, fitness and training. 

Significant History

She scored a notable operational success in 1993 when she conducted the biggest drug seizure in the history of the state at the time, with her interception and boarding at sea of the 65ft ketch, Brime.

Ships Name

Orla was a very popular name in the 12th century all over Ireland. The names means ‘Sovereignty’ or ‘Golden Princess’ A sister of Brian Boru was named Orla as was his niece. Legend has it that Brian’s niece, Princess Orla, whose beauty was legendary, was beheaded for her indiscretions

Ships Charity

Chernobyl Childrens Charity

Adopted Port

Waterford City

Ships Information

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