08 June 2015 - ​LÉ EITHNE Departs Taranto Port, Ital.

At 7.40 a.m local time 8th of June 2015 the LÉ EITHNE arrived along side in Taranto port, Italy with 399 migrants on board.

All migrants were successfully disembarked and processed by the Italian authorities on arrival.

The crew of the LÉ EITHNE quickly resupplied and refueled the vessel and at 3.00 p.m. today the LÉ EITHNE departed Taranto and is currently sailing towards its assigned patrolling area in the Southern Mediterranean to recommence Humanitarian and Search and Rescue operations.

The LÉ EITHNE departed on the 16th of May from Naval Service Headquarters in Haulbowline, Cork to assist the Italian Authorities in the humanitarian search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean.

The role of the Irish Naval vessel will be to provide a search and rescue capability and to undertake humanitarian rescue operations at sea in the Mediterranean. Assistance to persons in distress at sea will be provided in accordance with the applicable provisions of international conventions governing search and rescue situations. The Naval Service vessel will be deployed in the Mediterranean for a period of up to six months over the summer period, subject to the operational demands and requirements arising in the theatre of operations.

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Press Release Date: 08 June 2015

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