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Opportunity to meet the crew of LÉ William Butler Yeats prior to deployment to EUNAVFOR MED Operation Irini in the Naval Base Haulbowline Cork

There is a media opportunity to meet the crew of the L.É. William Butler Yeats alongside the Naval Base, Haulbowline, Co. Cork in advance of their upcoming deployment to the Mediterranean.

L.É. William Butler Yeats will deploy as the Irish contribution to EUNAVFOR MED Operation Irini on Thursday 15th June.
The ship will be tasked with Information, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) operations as well as Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) Operations during the 6-week deployment.

The Naval Service has developed experience through engagement with previous missions namely OP PONTUS (2015-2017) and ENFM OP SOPHIA (2018).

There will be photographic and interview opportunities with members of the crew (in key roles) on the day.


Where: Naval Service Base, Haulbowline, Cork

When: 11.00am – 12.00pm on Tuesday, 13 June 2023 (Media are asked to arrive at Naval Headquarters (NHQ) Building at 10.45 am).

Point of Contact: Commandant Gemma Fagan – Defence Forces Press Officer – 087 248 2130.

Should you wish to attend, please confirm the name of the journalist / photographer / cameraman that will be attending before close of business today Monday 12 June, to