Military Guard CeremonyThe National Monument

A Ceremonial Military Guard will parade at the site of the ‘National Memorial to Members of the Defence Forces who died in the Service of the State’, at Merrion Square park, Dublin during July and August.

Ceremonies will take place at Merrion Square Park, every Saturday from 18th July to Saturday 22nd August 2015.

Units from throughout the Defence Forces, across the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service will participate in this Military Guard Ceremony in solemn remembrance of their fallen comrades.

The ceremony will last approximately one hour.

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Offshore Patrol Vessel

The Naval Service operates three offshore patrol vessels. All these vessels were built in Verlome Dockyard in Cork and were commissioned into service during the late 1970s and early 1980s.  These vessels patrol the Irish EEZ. During their service these vessels have completed numerous re-supply missions to Irish troops serving overseas with the United Nations.

Naval Service Offshore Patrol Vessels

LÉ Aoife

The ship is named after Aoife, stepmother to the children of Lir, whom she turned into swans. It is the sister ship of the late L.É. Deirdre, the L.É. Emer and the L.É. Aisling.

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LÉ Aisling

The ship was named after the poem, Aisling to commemorate the centenary of the birth of the poet and nationalist Patrick Pearse.

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LÉ Samuel Beckett

LÉ Samuel Beckett is latest Offshore Patrol Vessel and represents an updated and lengthened version of the original RÓISÁN Class.

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Ships Characteristics
Type Offshore patrol Vessel
Length 65.2m
Beam 10.5m
Draught 4.4m
Main Engines

2 X SEMT- Pielstick Diesel
4,800 HP
1 Shaft

Speed 17 knots
Range 6750 Nautical Miles @ 12 knots
Crew 46 (5 Officers)

L.É. EMER 16 January 1978
L.É. AOIFE 29 November 1979
L.É. AISLING 21 May 1980

Weaponary Aboard
Main Armament

Bofors 40mm L70 Canon

Secondary Armament 2 X 20mm Rheinmetall RH202 Canon
Small Arms

Various small arms ranging from:
9mm Pistol to 7.62mm General Purpose Machine Gun

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Ceremonial Guard

The National Monument

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