The LÉ Róisín departs from the Naval Base HQ, Haulbowline in Cork, on Sunday to undertake a humanitarian search and rescue tasks in conjunction with the Italian authorities in the Mediterranean.
Commanded by Lieutenant Commander Ultan Finegan, the crew of the LÉ Róisín has prepared the ship for an extended deployment since receiving notice to sail. This is the first Naval Service deployment to the Mediterranean under Operation PONTUS in 2016. The Defence Forces personnel that crewed LÉ Eithne, LÉ Niamh and LÉ Samuel Beckett in 2015 rescued a total of 8,592 people during the course of their deployments to the Mediterranean.
Know your Irish Navy Ships: LÉ Róisín (P51)
LÉ Róisín is a Large patrol vessel, one of two operated by the Irish navy. She was built at Appledore Shipyards, Devon and was commissioned in 1999.
As a Large Patrol vessel, she patrols the Irish EEZ as well as waters further out into the Atlantic Ocean. Róisín took part in a surveillance operation of the yacht Makayabella in September 2014 before it was boarded 320 km off Mizen Head and subsequently had €80m worth of cocaine seized.
Vital stats: Length 79 metres – Weight 1,500 tonnes – Top speed 23 knots