Naval Headquarters

The Naval Service is a great place to work.  It provides the maritime element of Ireland’s defence and is the principal seagoing agency of the State.  Within the constraints of assigned resources the service maintains core military capabilities and a high level of operational readiness.  It delivers to the maximum a wide range of services to a variety of government departments, agencies, non governmental organisations and others. These services include support to the Joint Task Force (JTF) in countering drug smuggling and support to the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) in protecting fisheries and the ecosystem.   The services are delivered in home waters and abroad where the government recognises the unique capability of the navy for furthering policy objectives in the international maritime domain.  Ireland claims the largest maritime domain to land ratio of any NW EU State encompassing almost one million square kilometres.  The area encompasses many rich and vulnerable marine ecosystems and oil and gas reserves with a value of in excess of one trillion euro. Into the future government plans will see the development of offshore renewables including tidal, wind and wave power.  In support of government policy the Naval Service together with UCC and CIT is a core partner in the Irish Maritime and Energy Resource Cluster, IMERC. 

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All Naval personnel have the opportunity to progress to certificate or degree level on promotion and the Navy leads in a wide range of research and innovation projects.  In response to the Chief of Staff’s transformation agenda the Naval Service offers a model of public sector transformation which is also bottom up, collaborative and evidenced based.  It is our vision, that the Naval Service will transform into a knowledge institution by 2016.

Flag Officer Commanding Naval Service (FOCNS)

Commodore Hugh Tully

FOCNS Commodore Mark Mellett DSM

Commodore Hugh Tully, Officer Commanding Naval Operations Command, has been appointed the Flag Officer Commanding the Naval Service (FOCNS). 

Commodore Hugh Tully is from Dublin and has 36 years service in the Defence Forces.

Prior to his appointment as FOCNS, he was Officer Commanding Naval Operations Command for 3 years. Commodore Tully has held a broad range of appointments in the Naval Service. He was in charge of the Naval Service HR Section and Commanded Irelands Flagship LÉ EITHNE from 2006 to 2008. Other appointments include Senior Staff Officer and Officer in Charge of Planning and Policy, Naval HQ.

He also spent two years as a UN Military Observer with the United Nations Truce Supervisory Organisation (UNTSO) in Israel and Lebanon. He has previously commanded LÉ AOIFE and LÉ ORLA.

Commodore Tully is a graduate of the Irish Command & Staff Course. He has received award medals for overseas service with UNIFIL (1986) and UNTSO (2003-2005).

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