A new Dauphin Helicopter for the Irish Air Corps undergoes sea trials on the LE Eithne.
With two new Dauphin Helicopters expected to arrive later in the year and a further three the following year they will be tasked with the job of policing the 200 mile fishery zone. The Dauphin is now being tested by the French manufacturers off the Wicklow coast in order to establish its compatibility with the LE Eithne.
It is intended that the new aircraft will give the Air Corps a 24 hour surveillance capability. Until the arrival of the new aircraft, the Air Corps will continue to rely on the existing Alovette and Gazelle Helicopters.
An RTÉ News report by Tom McCaughren broadcast on 3 October 1985.