“If the council was to acquire the naval vessel, it could be used for that as well as a floating museum, just like HMS Belfast which is anchored in The Thames in London.”
Reality cheack please.
I would guarantee should either of the vessles be sold into Irish interests hands as anything other than working ships they will be environmental hazards within 5 years and hulks within 10.
Waterford Corporation in particular left the last working steam dredger, The Port Láirge' in the world be beached on a backwater in south Co. Wexford and left to rot to this day.
When some one mentions tourism every one see the short term gain in the the first season, tourist attractions such as the Dunbrody, Jeanie Johnston etc are expensive to maintain and run effectively. If it couldn't be done in the UK with HMS Plymouth and the collection built around that ,its not going to work and will eventyally cost to more to get rid of that it cost to build.
Very few care about the preservation of a FP vessel even one that that wasn't the original of the soecies. If someone has a genuine interest in keeping them as working ships fine , but please don't have them tied up as hazrds along side some backwater as the rust gets out of hand and the paint has peeled.
Re HMS Plymouth, did anyone else see that its former partner at Birkenhead, HMS Onyx, is headed for the Breakers yard, as no owner could be found willing to put in the work that was required.
New life as luxury liner or research ship awaits navy's oldest vessel
http://www.independent.ie/irish-news...-29532247.htmlTHE Naval Service's oldest vessel will end 35 years of proud service next month and be auctioned off for conversion to a luxury cruise ship or research vessel.
LE Emer, which was commissioned in 1978, is on her last patrol and will be taken out of service on September 20.
If a private sale cannot be agreed, the vessel will be sold by public auction before September 27.
She will be replaced by the first of two new €98m patrol vessels that are being completed at a shipyard in the south of England.
The vessels, due for delivery in 2014 and 2015, will be named after literary figures rather than being given famous Irish women's names, which has been the tradition.
The first new ship will be named LE Samuel Beckett and the second, due for delivery in 2015, will be LE James Joyce. They will replace LE Emer and LE Aoife.
LE Aoife is currently undergoing repairs after her hull was damaged last Sunday in a collision with a pontoon in Cork harbour during a Gathering event.
The collision was filmed by Scandinavian holidaymakers and has gone viral on the internet.
Naval engineers are examining the ship, but she is expected to remain in service for the next 12 months.
The incident has been blamed on a mechanical problem with the ship's steering control system.
Like the LE Emer, LE Aoife will also be sold.
Auctioneer Dominic Daly said there is traditionally very strong interest in such former military vessels as they are built to a very high specification and are meticulously maintained.
"We have had expressions of interest from Ireland, Europe, Turkey and Africa," he said.
Mr Daly sold the last Naval Service ship to be disposed of when LE Deirdre fetched €230,000 at auction in 2001.
She was converted into a luxury cruiser and now operates in the Mediterranean.
The two new navy ships are updated versions of the LE Roisin and LE Niamh design and will be 12 metres longer at 90 metres.
The vessels, which cost €49m each, will be delivered from next January by Babcock Marine.
They will be vastly more advanced than the ships they replace and are capable of handling both drone aircraft and remote-controlled robotic subs.
The LE Samuel Beckett will be delivered in January but will then undergo three months of trials before being commissioned.
With a top speed of 23 knots, the new ships will be more than 30pc faster than the ageing vessels they are replacing.
By the time the two new ships are commissioned, six of Ireland's eight-strong fleet of naval ships will be more than 30 years old. The vessels are the first new ships commissioned for the Naval Service since the LE Roisin (1999) and LE Niamh (2001).
Cypress apparently are on the lookout for PVs.
I would imagine they are looking for somethink more war like, take alook at their army, they tend to equip on the heavy side despite their size and very 'interested' neighbours.Cypress apparently are on the lookout for PVs
Might be mentioned at this.
http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.ph...ity&Itemid=233Offshore Patrol Vessel conference underway in Nigeria
Rear Admiral Hanno Teuteberg, the SA Navy’s Chief Director: Maritime Strategy, is one of 31 speakers at the Nigerian Navy’s OPV (offshore patrol vessel) conference that ends today in Lagos.
The two star admiral, a recent recipient of Brazil’s Naval Order of Merit medal, gave delegates an insight into the maritime arm of the SA National Defence Force’s (SANDF) inshore/offshore patrol vessel project (Project Biro).
While there has been no movement on Project Biro to date, four of the former Warrior Class strikecraft have been refurbished and taken back into service. A request for information on project Biro was issued in 2011. A number of shipbuilding companies, including South African Shipyards, Damen Shipyards, DCNS and KND have expressed interest in the project which former SAN chief Director: Maritime Strategy Rear Admiral Bernhard Teuteberg last year indicated would be locally built.
An indication of the importance OPVs and their inshore sisters can play in keeping Africa’s maritime and littoral domain secure came from Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ogbor, chief of policy and plans for the host navy.
Welcoming delegates he said: “Many littoral African countries have considerable oil and gas reserves, bountiful fisheries and viable sea lanes of communication. Despite this, maritime insecurity and illegal activities at sea threaten to undermine the great potential of this continent and therefore no time can be spared in discussing and implementing decisive solutions to our common problems”.
The major themes of the conference, to be followed by a similar three-day event focusing on the Middle East in December, are anti-piracy operations; cost effective OPV and naval systems acquisition; multi-lateral and innovative protection of offshore oil assets; technology transfer and development of domestic ship building facilities and international best practice in OPV operations.
Among papers presented were: the Tanzanian contribution to providing maritime security in the Indian Ocean; Cameroon’s role in increasing maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea; the Spanish Navy’s new OPV Class; the integration of fast intercept craft with OPV operations; Pakistan’s approach to delivering maritime security in its exclusive economic zone and the Nigerian perspective on private sector participation in African maritime security.
'He died who loved to live,' they'll say,
'Unselfishly so we might have today!'
Like hell! He fought because he had to fight;
He died that's all. It was his unlucky night.
Nice to see FOCNS has popped in......
Up for the shindig, and spotted at Marchpast for UNDOF also.
I'm proud to be a Corkman but even I think that rebel décor is excessive.........I'd have just painted the whole ship red and white. Just saying, like.
"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."
that'll do nicely....eh?!
Be careful what you wish for!
Listen out for the Derek Mooney Show on RTÉ Radio 1, 17th September from 3-430pm as some of Derek's team will be interviewing crew-members from LÉ EMER on her last patrol prior to her De-Commissioning Ceremony this Friday in Cork City.
Onboard The LÉ Emer
It was a very proud moment for Derek, Brenda and Mooney, when we were welcomed onboard the LÉ Emer last Friday, one week before she’s decommissioned.
The LÉ Emer, named after the wife of Cuchculainn, is currently one of eight ships in the Naval Fleet. She was launched from the Verolme dockyard in Cork in 1977 and entered service the following year.
In 1979 she chalked up a notable first when she travelled to the Lebanon to resupply Irish Troops serving with the United Nations – the first such deployment by an Irish Naval Ship.
But it was in 1984 that she probably first came to the attention of most Irish people, when she intercepted a trawler called the Marita Ann carrying arms to the IRA.
From intercepting gun runners, to monitoring fishing activity in Irish waters to supporting the Irish Army, the LÉ Emer has been fulfilling it’s important role for 35 years now.
First of all, Derek met up with the Captain of the ship, Alan O’Regan...
Lt Commander Patricia Butler, Brenda Donohue, Marine Engineering Officer Dan Manning, Exectuive Officer Lt Alan Flynn & Lt Commander Alan O'Regan
On Mooney today...
Derek and Brenda pay a special visit to one of Ireland's naval vessels, the LE Emer. After 35 years in service, the ship is being decommissioned this week. The Captain and crew of the LE Emer tell us about their working days on the ship, the operations they’ve been involved in and the moments which they’ll treasure...
Marine Engineering Officer Lt. Dan Manning
The pantry onboard the LÉ Emer
Lt Commander Alan O'Regan & Lt Commander Patricia Butler
Brenda beds down for the night!
Aaaaaagggghhhh!!!! my eyes...although, i'd say some of those sailors, after a week or two at sea, would give her a go...
"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
The photo is definitely Emer now.
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