The Government has awarded a distinguished service medal and two commendations to three officers of the Naval Service for their roles in Operation Seabight.

Operation Seabight involved the 2008 seizure of over €250m worth of cocaine off the southwest coast.

Lieutenant Commander Jamie Cotter was the officer who boarded the drugs yacht 'Dances with Waves', almost 300km off Mizen Head.

Retired Commander Eugene Ryan had overall responsibility for the operation on land.

Lieutenant Commander Martin Brett was the tactical commander at sea of the two naval ships involved.