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Monday, February 02, 2015

Longest serving Irish naval vessel is decommissioned

LÉ Aoife (P-22)The longest serving vessel in the naval service, LÉ Aoife, has been decommissioned at a special ceremony in Waterford.

In 35 years of service to the State she travelled in excess of 600,000 nautical miles, an equivalent of circumnavigating the globe 28 times, and her crew has boarded over 4,700 vessels at sea and detained over 440 fishing vessels.

During her service LÉ Aoife was involved in numerous successful operations, primarily involving her role as a fishery protection vessel, but also search and rescue missions, most notably, the recovery in 1985 of the black box from Air India Flight 182 off the south west coast.

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