Military Guard CeremonyThe National Monument

A Ceremonial Military Guard will parade at the site of the ‘National Memorial to Members of the Defence Forces who died in the Service of the State’, at Merrion Square park, Dublin during July and August.

Ceremonies will take place at Merrion Square Park, every Saturday from 19th July to Saturday 23rd August 2014.

Units from throughout the Defence Forces and across the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service will participate in this Military Guard Ceremony in solemn remembrance of their fallen comrades.

The ceremony will last approximately one hour.

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Helicopter Patrol Vessel

The Naval Service operates one HPV, L.É. EITHNE. She was built in Verlome Dockyard in Cork and was commissioned into service in 1984. L.É. EITHNE patrols the Irish EEZ and over the years she has completed numerous foreign deployments.

Ships Characteristics


Helicopter Patrol Vessel







Main Engines

2 X Ruston 12RKC Diesels

6,800 HP

2 Shafts


18 knots


7000 Nautical Miles @ 15 knots


55 (6 Officers)


7 December 1984

Weaponary Aboard

Main Armament

Bofors 57mm Canon
LIOD Fire Control System

Secondary Armament

2 X 20mm Rheinmetall Canon

Small Arms

Various small arms ranging from:
9mm Pistol to 7.62mm General Purpose Machine Gun

Our Helicopter Patrol Vessels

L.É. EITHNE was built in Ireland as a Helicopter Patrol Vessel. 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.


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