"We will hold out until our last bullet is spent. Could do with some whiskey"
Radio transmission, siege of Jadotville DR Congo. September 1961.
Illegitimi non carborundum
Some good suggestions appearing,if there is no change from present system ,fair enough,but lets trust some sound research and not find the NS with ships called afetr ancient fairey/leprachain type characters. A change to "Celtic Defender....Warrior etc would be apoor choice in my view.
"Just because Jesus was born in a stable, doesn't make him a donkey!"
So for sheer comedy purposes, if I was benevolent dictator, there'd have to be an LE Wellington.
Seriously though, I think the existing naming scheme is fine and really doesn't need to be changed.
The existing naming system works for the PV's. If the NS ever operates a different class of vessel it should have a different naming system for that class.
It's hard to find fault with the present scheme and in fact it is rather unique . And when explaining the origins of the ships name to non Irish visitors to the ships ( espicialy yanks ) the reaction is very positive .
Don't spit in my Bouillabaisse .
It did..auxiliaries A15 L.E. Setanta and L.E Ferdia, A 16 ( I Think)If the NS ever operates a different class of vessel it should have a different naming system for that class
But the names were male.
Note the Class of Patrol Vessel are also subdivided but still are named after females
and a former HPV
Pay them properly.....and they will come!
A possible compromise, in my opinion would be to name each class as currently, after females in Irish Ancient history/mythology, but have each class using the same first letter.
I hereby name this ship LE Austerity....I know she's made of wood but she looks great.
Using the ancient names is fine in its own right,however,do all the names chosen have any relevant maritime connection.Maybe its time to move on with names that are relevant in these times and further serve to reclaim our id from the shiners.
Is there a case for more recent Irishmen who fought with distinction such as Fogarty ,Finucane ,Mayne et al; real people who did real sacrifice in face of huge odds.There are others of course the above are simply suggestions and peolple will be quick to point out character defects etc.
Basically does reliance on mythical names simply serve to subconsiously perpetuate an apperent myth of Ireland having a credible operable and capable DF able to fully defend its shores.
I second that no .
Don't spit in my Bouillabaisse .
We are never going to have a huge fleet so we will not be short of names. The current system works why change it? if it is changed try and select people who served Ireland. Wolfe Tone, Fr Murphy, Barry, Pearse, Larkin, Connolly , etc people who were not afraid to put their lives on the line for this country, Maybe even Mc Guinness, Adams, in a few decades times. ( that will stir the pot)
Celtic Warrior stuff sounds like a bunch of enviro...
what about after counties with larger ships being named after provinces?
LE Mayo, LE Galway, LE Cork, for the PV's and then LE Leinster, LE Connaught for the aircraft carriers.
"He is an enemy officer taken in battle and entitled to fair treatment."
"No, sir. He's a sergeant, and they don't deserve no respect at all, sir. I should know. They're cunning and artful, if they're any good. I wouldn't mind if he was an officer, sir. But sergeants are clever."
IRCG are 'auctioning' the names of their new helicopters for charity - RNLI and mountain rescue - phone in competition or something like that.
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