L.É. Eithne  P 31

L.É. EITHNE was built in Ireland as a Helicopter Patrol Vessel. The equipment fit was to a very high standard and included the Naval Services first operations room which integrated control of armament and aircraft to a designated centre, remote from the bridge.

Office Commanding the L.É. Eithne

Commander Eric Timon hails from Howth in County Dublin and joined the Naval Service in 1992. Post commissioning in 1994, he completed the International Sub Lieutenants course with the Royal Navy in Britannia Royal Naval College and was awarded his Naval Watchkeeping Certificate.

He has held numerous appointments at sea and ashore at the strategic, operational and tactical levels. His previous seagoing appointments include Gunnery Officer on L.É. NIAMH where he deployed to Asia for 4 months in a trade mission with Enterprise Ireland. He has previous command experience on L.É CIARA and L.É. ORLA where he was involved in the search and recovery of €450 million of Cocaine from the sea.

He also commanded L.É. WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS including a period on deployment in the Mediterranean in 2017, helping to deal with the migrant crisis. He has a wide range of experience ashore where his roles included 2IC Fleet Operations Readiness, Standards & Training, 2 IC Logistics, OiC Fisheries Monitoring Centre, 2 IC Planning and Policy in Naval Head Quarters, Naval Service Press Officer.

He was promoted to the rank of Commander in 2017.

Significant History 

In the summer of 1986 L.É. EITHNE scored a notable first, by becoming the first Irish Naval Ship to cross the Atlantic, when she sailed to the United States, visiting Hamilton, New York and Boston. Since then L.É. EITHNE has crossed the Atlantic several times and crossed the equator in 2006 during her historic South American Deployment.

Ships Name

Many characters named Eithne exist in Irish Classical Literature. One was the daughter of the Fomorian King Balor. The name means ‘Sweet Kernel’ and she was renowned for her beauty.

Ships Charity

L.É. EITHNE is associated with  Our Lady’s for Sick Children, Crumlin.

Adopted Port

Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

Ships Company

Mostly in their mid twenties, they come from all over Ireland.  They have a wide range of skills including Telegraphists, Engine Room Artificers, Cooks etc. A high proportion are technicians, but the age old skills of Seamanship are still required, irrespective of technological advances. 25% of the ship’s company are seamen. The ship itself is the ultimate in medium sized patrol vessels with a high degree of capability and comfort for Atlantic weather. She is an obvious choice for similar duties in any country, under any climatic condition. No doubt the Maritime Defence world will be interested in her progress.

Ships Information

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