Defence Forces 2016Flags for Schools Initiative

As part of Ireland’s Centenary Programme to commemorate the 1916 Rising, Óglaigh na hÉireann, the Defence Forces, will play a key role in everything from State Ceremonial to assistance for our Local Authorities, our schools and our communities.

The first major task for Defence Forces 2016 is the delivery of an Irish Flag to every Primary School in the country, starting on 14th September 2015.

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Offshore Patrol Vessel

The Naval Service operates three offshore patrol vessels. All these vessels were built in Verlome Dockyard in Cork and were commissioned into service during the late 1970s and early 1980s.  These vessels patrol the Irish EEZ. During their service these vessels have completed numerous re-supply missions to Irish troops serving overseas with the United Nations.

Naval Service Offshore Patrol Vessels

LÉ Aoife

The ship is named after Aoife, stepmother to the children of Lir, whom she turned into swans. It is the sister ship of the late L.É. Deirdre, the L.É. Emer and the L.É. Aisling.

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LÉ Aisling

The ship was named after the poem, Aisling to commemorate the centenary of the birth of the poet and nationalist Patrick Pearse.

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LÉ Samuel Beckett

LÉ Samuel Beckett is latest Offshore Patrol Vessel and represents an updated and lengthened version of the original RÓISÁN Class.

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Ships Characteristics
Type Offshore patrol Vessel
Length 65.2m
Beam 10.5m
Draught 4.4m
Main Engines

2 X SEMT- Pielstick Diesel
4,800 HP
1 Shaft

Speed 17 knots
Range 6750 Nautical Miles @ 12 knots
Crew 46 (5 Officers)

L.É. EMER 16 January 1978
L.É. AOIFE 29 November 1979
L.É. AISLING 21 May 1980

Weaponary Aboard
Main Armament

Bofors 40mm L70 Canon

Secondary Armament 2 X 20mm Rheinmetall RH202 Canon
Small Arms

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

Find out more about Naval Service Weapons