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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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

Lieutenant Commander Rónán McLaughlin, Officer Commanding L.É ORLA joined the Naval Service in 1994. He is a native of Malin Head in Co. Donegal and attended Carndonagh Community School.

Lt Cdr McLaughlin was commissioned from the ranks as part of the 1st CFR (commission from the ranks course) in 2001. He completed his Senior Command Operations Course in 2012.

Lt Cdr McLaughlin assumed command of the L.É. ORLA in August 2017. His previous seagoing appointments have included Navigation and Gunnery Officer on the L.É. CIARA & L.É. ORLA and as Exective officer of the L.É. CIARA & L.. Aisling.

Ashore he has served as the Officer in Charge of the Naval Service Reserve as well as holding appointments as the Naval Service Contracts Officer and Officer in Charge of Line training within Naval College.

Lt Cdr McLaughlin is interested in all aspects of Irish Wildlife and is a keen ornithologist and photographer.

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

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 Charity

Chernobyl Childrens Charity

Adopted Port

Waterford City

Ships Information

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