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Naval vessel L.. Niamh departs Cork to assist in the Humanitarian Crisis in the Mediterranean

Friday 10th July 2015

L.. Niamh under the command of her captain, Lieutenant Commander Daniel Wall, will depart the Naval Base, Haulbowline today, en route for the Mediterranean to assist the Italian authorities in the humanitarian operation to rescue migrants fleeing North Africa.

The Minister for Defence, Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D., had announced earlier this month that L.. Niamh would deploy to the Mediterranean to continue Ireland’s contribution to the search and rescue mission. L.. Eithne has spent the past eight weeks in the Mediterranean and has set out on her return to Irish shores. A total of 3,377 people have been rescued by L.. Eithne from the waters between Libya and Sicily.

Defence Minister Simon Coveney said “I had the opportunity of visiting L.. Eithne last Tuesday. I conveyed to the personnel our deep appreciation for the outstanding manner in which they performed their duties on overseas service on behalf of the Government and the people of Ireland. I am pleased to be here today to convey my appreciation to you, in advance of your deployment.”

L.. Niamh with a crew of 55 Naval Service personnel and 2 medics from the Army Medical Corps will continue the remarkable work started by L.. Eithne. The Minister went on to say “L.. Niamh is expected to be deployed in the Mediterranean until September, dependent on the operational demands and requirements arising.”

The Minister concluded by saying “I want to wish Lieutenant Commander Daniel Wall and the crew of L.. Niamh a safe and successful mission. You are travelling to the Mediterranean with my best wishes and with those of the rest of the nation.”


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