Fond Farewell! Former Naval Service ship departs Irish shores one last time

The former Irish Naval Service vessel LÉ Aisling has left Irish shores for the last time, departing Cork Harbour for the Netherlands on Sunday.

The LÉ Aisling was decommissioned in 2016 after 36 years naval service and was the longest-serving vessel in the fleet. Among notable achievements she had the Naval Service’s first female commanding officer – Lieutenant Commander Roberta O’Brien – who was also the first woman to be commissioned in the Irish Naval service.

Irish Naval Service ship departs cork LÉ Aisling farewell

LÉ Aisling Under construction in Cork 1979

Sold last month at auction for €111,000, the ship has now been renamed Avenhorn and will be refurbished in the Netherlands before being sold on.

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