Naval service excels in exercise
on 28/06/2012 00:00:00
RUA, the flag officer commanding the Naval Service said, was a shorthand for the strategic vision for the Defence Forces: "We seek to be continuously Relevant, Useable, and Adaptable to the State.
"The work of the men and women on the LÉ Niamh has once again demonstrated to me the immense professionalism of the naval service and has epitomised the enduring high standards across the entire fleet."
Poor weather conditions in recent days slightly hindered some of the exercises, which conclude today off Cork Harbour.
The annual fleet operations are geared to test and enhance the naval service's operational readiness. Naval officers practiced armed boarding parties, fire fighting, search and rescue drills and conventional naval manoeuvres.
The air corps was due to perform helicopter winching operations yesterday, but could not take part due to poor visibility and heavy fog.
Seven navy vessels are involved in Exercise Rua - LÉ Eithne, LÉ Niamh, LÉ Ciara, LÉ Aisling, LÉ Róisín, LÉ Emer, and LÉ Aoife - with an average of 40 members on each.