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 Mick Malone

FOCNS Commodore Mark Mellett DSM

Commodore Malone was promoted to his present rank and into the appointment of Flag Officer Commanding Naval Service (FOCNS) on 26 December 2017.

Commodore Micheal Malone joined the Irish Naval Service in 1981 as a Marine Engineering cadet and was commissioned as an Officer in 1983. He graduated from Cork Regional Technical College in Marine and Plant engineering in May 1985 and graduated from the Royal Naval Engineering College, Marine Engineering Application Course, Plymouth, UK in December 1986.

He holds an MA in Leadership, Management and Defence Studies from National University of Ireland, Maynooth and is a graduate of the Defence Forces Senior Command and Staff Course. He has also studied at the Pearl Harbour Naval Shipyard where he completed the International Shipyard Managers Course.

He has held a wide variety of appointments both afloat and ashore over the last 36 years. At the rank of Captain, he held the appointment of Officer Commanding Naval Support Command with responsibility for all HR, logistics, electronics and engineering functions within the Naval Service.

Commodore Malone was Programme Manager for the design and building of the Irish Navy’s P60 class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs). This programme has witnessed the delivery of four 90-metre OPVs to the Irish Navy during the period 2015-2018.

He is a chartered engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology (FIMarEST), Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers (MI Fire E) and Fellow of the Engineers Ireland (FIEI), Member of the Association of Energy Engineers (U.S.) and a Certified Energy Manager (CEM).

He is married to Mary and they have four adult children. He enjoys tennis in his spare time.

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