L.É. Macha 01

Built by George Brown of Greenock, her keel was laid down 21 November 1940, launched 6 November 1941, completed 29 April 1942.  Ex HMS Borage, handed over to the Naval Service at Davonport on 15 November 1946 was commissioned by Lt Walter Reidy on the same day. Sold to Haulbowline Industries on 2 November 1970 and scrapped at Passage West.

Information
Type    Corvette
Commissioned 15 November 1946
Decommissioned 2 November 1970
Complement 5 officers, 74 ratings
Displacement      1020 tonnes

Dimensions (feet)

205 x 33 x 14
Powerplant Single reciprocating vertical 4-cylinder triple expansion by John Kincaid Greenock
Maximum Speed 16 Knots
Weapons   

1 X 4-inch(102mm) BL gun,
2 X 2-pounder gun,
2 X 20mm AA guns
1 X Hedgehog mortar,
4 X depth-charge throwers,

L.É. Maeve 02

Built by H&J Inglis Ltd, Glasgow. Laid down 9 December 1940, launched 28 August 1941 and completed 28 December 1941. Engined by Kincaids.  Ex HMS Oxlip, handed over to the Naval Service at Davonport on 20 December 1946 was commissioned by Lt Walter Reidy on the same day. Sold to Haulbowline Industries on 23 March 1972 and scrapped at Passage West.

Information
Type Corvette
Commissioned 20 December 1946
Decommissioned 23 March 1972
Complement 5 officers, 74 ratings
Displacement 1020 tonnes
Dimensions (feet) 205 x 33 x 14
Powerplant Single reciprocating vertical             4-cylinder triple expansion by John Kincaid Greenock
Maximum Speed    16 Knots
Weapons

1 X 4-inch(102mm) BL gun,
1 X 2-pounder gun,
2 X 20mm AA guns                          1 X Hedgehog mortar,
4 X depth-charge throwers,

L.É. Cliona 03

L.É Cliona ParagraphBuilt by George Brown & Co of Greenock. Laid down 17 September 1940, launched 11 August 1941, completed 26 November 1941. Engined by Kincaids.
Ex HMS Bellwort, handed over to the Naval Service at Davonport on 3 February 1947 was commissioned by Lt Walter Reidy on the same day. Sold to Haulbowline Industries on 2 November 1970 and scrapped at Passage West.

Information
Type Corvette
Commissioned 3 February 1947
Decommissioned 2 November 1970
Complement 5 officers, 74 ratings
Displacement 1020 tonnes
Dimensions (feet)    205 x 33 x 14
Powerplant Single reciprocating vertical 4-cylinder triple expansion by John Kincaid Greenock
Maximum Speed 16 Knots
Weapons 1 X 4-inch(102mm) BL gun,
1 X 2-pounder gun,
2 X 20mm AA guns
1 X Hedgehog mortar,
4 X depth-charge throwers,

L.É. Setanta A15

The Setanta was acquired from the Commissioners of Irish Lights in 1976. It remained in service as a naval auxiliary ship until 1984, when she was sold for scrap to Haulbowline Industies Ltd.

Information
Type Training and Supply
Commissioned 1976
Decommissioned 1984
Complement 44
Displacement 1173 tonnes
Dimensions (feet) 208
Powerplant Steam reciprocation:1500hp, 2 shafts
Maximum Speed 11.5 Knots
Weapons    2 X single 20mm Oerliken AA guns

L.É. Ferdia A16

The LÉ Ferdia was formerly a Danish stern trawler named “Helen Basse” built in Denmark in 1965. It was originally used as seismic survey vessel before being leased for twelve months to the Naval Service in 1977.

Information
Type Patrol vessel (chartered)
Commissioned -
Decommissioned -
Complement 40
Displacement 651 tonnes
Dimensions (feet) 208
Powerplant    1 x Deutz 1500hp
Maximum Speed 15 Knots
Weapons 1 single 20mm Oerliken AA gun

L.É. Grainne CM10

Former British "Coniston" class minesweeper HMS Oulston, purchased in 1970. Taken over in Hythe near Southampton on 8 December 1970 and commissioned on 30 January 1971. In 1987 Grainne was taken out of service and sold to a Spanish company for scrap.

Information
Type   Coastal Minesweeper
Commissioned 30 January 1971
Decommissioned 1987
Complement 30
Displacement 360 tonnes
Dimensions (feet) 140 x 28 x 8
Powerplant 2 diesels, 2 shafts, 3000bhp
Maximum Speed 15 Knots
Weapons 1 X 40mm L40/60 Bofors
2 X 20mm Oerlikon gun

L.É. Bamba CM11

Former British "Coniston" class minesweeper HMS Alverton, purchased in 1970. Taken over in Gibraltar on 22 February 1971 she was commissioned by Lt Cdr Deasy the following day. In 1984 Banba was taken out of service and sold to a Spanish company for scrap.  

Information
Type   Coastal Minesweeper
Commissioned 23 February 1971
Decommissioned 1984
Complement 30
Displacement 360 tonnes
Dimensions (feet) 140 x 28 x 8
Powerplant 2 diesels, 2 shafts, 3000bhp
Maximum Speed 15 Knots
Weapons 1 X 40mm L40/60 Bofors
2 X 20mm Oerlikon gun

L.É. Fola CM12

Former British "Coniston" class minesweeper HMS Blaxton, purchased in 1970. Taken over in Gibraltar on 22 February 1971 and commissioned on the following day. In 1987 Fola was taken out of service and sold to a Spanish company for scrap.

Information
Type   Coastal Minesweeper
Commissioned 23 February 1971
Decommissioned 1984
Complement 30
Displacement 360 tonnes
Dimensions (feet) 140 x 28 x 8
Powerplant 2 diesels, 2 shafts, 3000bhp
Maximum Speed 15 Knots
Weapons 1 X 40mm L40/60 Bofors
2 X 20mm Oerlikon gun

L.É. Deirdre P20

LÉ Deirdre was the first vessel ever built for the Naval Service in Ireland. She was built in Verlome Cork Dockyard as a replacement for the minesweepers.    

Information
Type   Offshore Patrol Vessel
Commissioned 19 June 1972
Decommissioned 2001
Complement 6 Officers & 41 Ratings
Displacement 972 tonnes
Dimensions (feet) 184 x 34 x 14
Powerplant 2 British Polar SF112 VS-F diesels, 4200hp (3.13 MW), 1 shaft
Maximum Speed 17 Knots
Weapons 1 X 40mm Bofors L40/60 gun
2 X 12.7mm heavy machine-guns

L.É Aoife P22

L.É. AOIFE was built In Ireland to the Naval Services ‘DEIRDRE’ design, but was modified for stability and speed. She was also fitted with a bow thruster to improve manoeuvrability especially in confined waters.

Significant History

L.É. AOIFE played a major role in the location of the flight recorder of the Air India airliner which crashed off the Irish south coast in 1985.

Ships Name

Aoife was a character in Irish classical literature who married a great king called Lir who had three beautiful daughters from a previous marriage. When Aoife became jealous of the girls, she turned them into swans. When Lir discovered this he became so enraged that he turned Aoife into a raven. The raven is clearly depicted on the ships crest along with three crowns representing the three royal children.

L.É. Emer  P 21

L.É. EMER was built in Ireland to the basic design of the Naval Service’s first purpose built Offshore Patrol Vessel, the L.E. Deirdre but was modified to improve her stability and speed. Her original BOFORS 40mm L60 gun was recently upgraded to a BOFORS 40mm L70 thus improving the range and accuracy of her main armament.

Significant History

Operationally, L.É. EMER chalked up a notable first when she undertook the first ever deployment of an Irish warship to resupply Irish troops serving with the United Nations in Lebanon in 1979. This was the first of many such deployments and the Naval Service now frequently undertakes foreign deployments.

Its last Commanding Officer was, Lt Cdr Alan O’Regan

Ships Name

Emer was the wife of Ireland’s most famous warrior, Cúchulainn. Emer was a proud and dominant woman. She has been described as being hot tempered and violent, tolerating no rivals for her husband’s affections. Despite being a famed warrior, Cúchulainn always treated her with respect, and many suspect he also feared her.

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)
Commissioned

16 January 1978

Decommissioned 20 September 2013

L.É. AISLING  P 23

L.É. AISLING was built In Ireland to the Naval Services ‘DEIRDRE’ design, but was modified for stability and speed. She was also fitted with a bow thruster to improve manoeuvrability especially in confined waters. 

Significant History

A notable operation in her history was her part, in conjunction with the L.É. EMER, in the apprehension of the Marita Ann in 1984, which stopped after warning shots were fired and which was found to be carrying a significant quantity of arms and ammunition.

Another notable, though sad, duty conducted by Aisling was her part in the recovery mission following the Air India disaster in 1985 off the Irish south coast. L.É. AISLING coordinated the search and recovered 38 bodies before handing the continuing search over to her sister ships which had then arrived on scene.

Ships Name

L.É. Aisling was launched one hundred years after the birth of Padraig Pearse, an Irish revolutionary and poet. Pearse wrote in a style called Aisling, in which Ireland was symbolised as a beautiful woman. The Cliamh Solias, or ‘Sword of Light’ in the crest symbolises the 1916 rebellion against Britiah rule, in which Pearse played a leading role. The ‘Ancient Ship with Furled Sails’ is the City Crest of Galway, where Pearse wrote much of his poetry. It is appropriate that L.É. Aisling is twinned with Galway.

L.É. Aisling was taken out of service in 2016

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