Roles of The Naval Service
The Naval Service is the State's principal seagoing agency with a general responsibility to meet contingent and actual maritime defence requirements. It is tasked with a variety of defence and other roles. Defence roles include defending territorial seas, deterring intrusive or aggressive acts, conducting maritime surveillance, maintaining an armed naval presence, ensuring right of passage, protecting marine assets and contributing to a blockade if required. The Naval Service must also be capable of supporting Army operations by sea lift and close naval support.
What is the Irish Naval Service for?
The Naval Service provides the maritime component of the State's Defence capabilities and is the State's principal seagoing agency.
Why do we need a navy?
Defence - Meeting contingent and actual maritime defence requirements of the State
Deterrence - Deterring intrusive or aggressive acts through presence, maritime surveillance and maritime interdiction operations
What does the Irish Naval Service do?
- Provides the maritime component of the State's Defence Forces
- Provides Security at sea
- Provides support to Peacemaking
- Protects the Economy
- Provides assistance at sea
All achieved by a small constabulary navy which is operational 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, every year.
The Naval Service Vision
The Naval Service will be seen and acknowledged, nationally and internationally, as a;
- Well trained
- Highly motivated
Professional maritime service that is responsive to:
- National needs
- It's legal obligations
- The requirements of all its customers
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