How well do you know the Irish Naval Service? Find out with our Tricky Quiz!

Think you’re an expert on the Irish Naval Service? Find out in our seriously tricky navy quiz!


1 How many vessels are in the Irish Naval Fleet?

There are currently eight ships of the Irish Naval fleet. They are: LÉ Eithne, LÉ Niamh, LÉ Orla, LÉ Ciara, LÉ Roisin LÉ William Butler Yeats, LÉ Samuel Beckett, LÉ James Joyce. Read more about each of them here

2. Which vessel is the flagship of the Naval Service?

LÉ Eithne (P31) is the flagship of the Irish Navy. Built at Verolme Dockyard, Rushbrook, County Cork, she was commissioned in 1984. Recently she was deployed to the Mediterranean as part of the EU’s ongoing rescue mission for migrants.

3. A new vessel is currently being built and will join the fleet next year. What will be its name?

This new ship expected to join the fleet next year his will be the fourth Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV). The name follows in same vein as the other ships in this class named for some of Ireland’s greatest literary giants, LÉ Samuel Beckett, LÉ James Joyce and LÉ William Butler Yeats.

4. In what year did the Irish Naval Service established?

It was in September 1946 when the modern Irish naval service was formed. Its precursor the Marine Service was formally disbanded and the Naval Service established as a permanent component of the Irish Defence Forces.

5. Which of these is not the name of a decommissioned ship?

The first Irish naval service vessels were all named after figures of Celtic mythology. Maev, Macha and Cliona were the first three flower class corvettes purchased in 1946 and 1947 and began the key part of the Naval Service. The new OPV vessels are named after great Irish literary figures.

6. What was the name of the first female commander of an Irish Naval Service patrol ship?

Lt Commander Roberta O'Brien was the first female commander of an Irish Naval Service patrol ship. She was appointed in 2008 and took command of the LÉ Aisling.

7. Where is Ireland’s naval service base headquarters?

The western side of Haulbowline island in Cork harbour is the main naval base and headquarters for the Irish Naval Service.

8. Who is the supreme commander of the Irish Defence Forces?

The president of Ireland takes the role of the Supreme Commander of the Irish Defence Forces.

9. Former irish naval vessel LÉ Aisling sold at auction. How much was she sold for?

Former Irish naval vessel LÉ Aisling which sold to a Dutch investor at a recent auction in Cobh for €110,000 is now up for sale for $750,000 after specified refurbishments are made.

10. What is the name of the Irish Naval Service sail training yacht?

The Creidne is the Naval Services sail training yacht


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