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...
LÉ Emer & Samuel Beckett Bridge
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!
Lt Commander Patricia Butler, Brenda Donohue, Marine Engineering Officer Dan Manning, Exectuive Officer Lt Alan Flynn & Lt Commander Alan O'Regan
Dan Manning, Conor O'Brien & Alan O'Regan
Plaque presented to Derek & Brenda
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