The naval service has been taking part in one of its biggest ever fleet manoeuvres off Cork. Codenamed Operation Phoenix, it aims to test the fleet's ability to respond to a variety of situations, with a special emphasis on drug seizures.

Lieutenant Officer John Fitzgerald leads an eight man surveillance party onboard the ship six miles off the south coast of Ireland. It is believed the vessel is carrying drugs. However, this was just a training exercise for the naval officers 

This report shows navy personnel in a mock raiding party onboard the LE Roisín. RTÉ News reporter John O'Driscoll talks to Commodore John Kavanagh, Flag Officer Naval Service. 

As the LE Eithne passes sailors give a naval salute.

An RTÉ News report by John O'Driscoll broadcast on 16 August 2000.