L.É. AOIFE to be decommissioned in Waterford today
The Irish Naval Service Ship, L.É. AOIFE will undergo a ceremonial de-commissioning from the Naval Service today from 3 pm in Waterford City, after 36 years of service to the Irish State.
The event will see some rarely seen traditional naval ceremonial as her flags pennants and ensigns are ceremoniously struck. The ship will be open to viewing by the public for the final time (weather permitting) on tomorrow afternoon, 1st February from 2 pm to 5 pm. The crew would welcome the opportunity to show you around the ship and tell yarns about a life less ordinary on the ocean wave.
L.É. AOIFE has contributed enormously to the Irish State over her 36 years of proud service. She has played her role in protecting Ireland’s interests at and from the sea by carrying out a broad range of tasks including maritime defence and security. Her routine patrols were always multi-tasked and encompassed national and maritime security, ocean governance, safety and surveillance, port security, fishery protection, drug interdiction, pollution control and search and rescue.
She supported the army in numerous operations and exercises. She also provided support on Aid to the Civil Power and Aid to the Civil Authority operations when requested. L.É. AOIFE has been twinned with Waterford City and her crew have been involved in numerous fund-raising initiatives for the Children’s Ward, University hospital Waterford.
Some of the operations L.É. AOIFE has been involved in include: Resupply missions to troops serving in South Lebanon; She was involved in the Search and Recovery operation for the Black Box from the Air India disaster in 1985. She was involved in the Search and Rescue operation involving the Royal Canadian Navy submarine Chicoutimi in 2004.