Irish Navy Decommissions Its OPV LÉ Aoife

first_img View post tag: Irish Navy View post tag: Naval Authorities February 2, 2015 View post tag: Navy View post tag: LÉ Aoife View post tag: europe Back to overview,Home naval-today Irish Navy Decommissions Its OPV LÉ Aoife The Irish Navy’s has decommissioned one of its Offshore Patrol Vessels after 35 years of service.LÉ Aoife (P22) was retired by the Irish Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe in Waterford, Ireland. This longest serving vessel in the Naval Service fleet traveled more than 600,000 nautical miles during its service, its crews boarded over 4,700 vessels at sea and detained over 440 fishing vessels, as reported by The Irish Times.The vessel engaged in many successful operations; she played a role of the fishery protection vessel and took part in search and rescue operations.As a part of the decommissioning ceremony, Minister Kehoe spoke about Ireland’s Ship Replacement Programme. The first vessel from the programme was delivered in April 2014, and the vessel that will replace LÉ Aoife is expected to be delivered in the coming months. According to RTE News, last year the department ordered a third Offshore Patrol Vessel which is expected to enter service in 2016.[mappress mapid=”15012″]Naval Today Staff, Image: Flickrcenter_img View post tag: Decommissions View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Ireland View post tag: its Irish Navy Decommissions Its OPV LÉ Aoife View post tag: OPV Share this articlelast_img read more