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Talk about value for money, today the LÉ Emer the oldest ship in the Irish Naval Service was decommissioned. NAUTICAL LOG has decided to reprint the report from this morning's Irish Times as follows:
"Irish Naval Service vessel the LÉ Emer is being decommissioned from the Service today after almost 36 years in use. The oldest ship in the service, LÉ Emer was built in Verolme Cork Shipyard and was commissioned on January 16th. 1978. The vessel has had 23 Captains and the Service estimated it has sailed 518,000 nautical miles during its service. The final serving captain is Lt. Cmdr. Alan O'Reagan a Cork native.
Deriving its name from Celtic mythology in reference to the wife of Cúchulainn, the ship's crest features flames representing the virtues of womanhood.
LÉ Emer's roles encompassed maritime defence and security, ocean governance, safety and surveillance, port security, fishery protection, drug interdiction, pollution control and search and rescue.
The vessel was the first Naval Service ship to carry out a Unifil resupply mission in 1979 to South Lebanon. It was involved in the search and rescue operation during the Fastnet disaster off the West Cork coast in 1979 in which 15 people died. It also played a key role in the seizure of the gun-running fishing vessel Marita Anne in 1984."
Again thanks LÉ Emer for many years of service during which she was commanded by several friends and former shipmates of NAUTICAL LOG