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    Default Govt to spend €100m on two new ships for Naval Service

    Navy to spend ?100 million on new vessels | Newstalk - Ireland's National Independent Talk Radio Broadcaster

    The Government has confirmed its pressing ahead with plans to spend €100 million on 2 new naval vessels.

    The announcement was made as the LE Niamh returned to its base in Haulbowline in Co. Cork today after a 10 week trip to Latin America.

    The first of the new vessels should be delivered in 2014 to some of the older fleet which are over 30 years old.
    I'm all for this but stunned they are doing it now. I honestly thought they would try to kick this to touch for another year or two.

    The Naval Service is very overstreched and does some great work under very difficult circumstances but they need modern equipment to do the job properly. Looks like NS simply can't make Aisling, Aoife and Emer last quite as long Dept of Finance hoped.

    What do others think of this?

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    Where will the ships be built?

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    At last! The long awaited hospital ship?

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    €100m for 20 year-old off-the-shelf technology.

    We need one of these bad boys:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUM2vk1bRg4"]YouTube- Future Ships Of The Royal Navy[/ame]

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    They'll be entering negotiations with Babcock Marine which is based in the UK but that's not to say they will receive the contract.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ManfredJudge View Post
    At last! The long awaited hospital ship?
    No, two patrol vessels. Enda will have to wait!!
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    I don't think there is any shipyard in the Ireland with the capability, maybe Harland and Wolff in Belfast could do them. The project will go out to tender with the lowest price being the winner. Protecting our sea's does not come cheap.
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    Probably Appledore in Devon where Roisin and Niamh were built. Waiting on more details.

    Not the hospital ship - that's the Enhanced Patol Vessel that was part of the original tender but has been long-finged so the two OPVs can be bought now.

    It alone would have cost circa €100m. Will probably come back on agenda in a few years time when Eithne needs replaced post 2015.

    Replacing Emer and Aoife is now the priority - they were introduced in 1978 and 79 respectively. Aisling came into service in 1980 and should be replaced with a third OPV that was an option in the tender - if option is taken up in next year or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy Jack View Post
    Navy to spend ?100 million on new vessels | Newstalk - Ireland's National Independent Talk Radio Broadcaster



    I'm all for this but stunned they are doing it now. I honestly thought they would try to kick this to touch for another year or two.

    The Naval Service is very overstreched and does some great work under very difficult circumstances but they need modern equipment to do the job properly. Looks like NS simply can't make Aisling, Aoife and Emer last quite as long Dept of Finance hoped.

    What do others think of this?
    100 million for two ships seem a bit steep...
    You would imagine that they could buy some 2nd hand patrol boats off the Spanish, British or French for a fraction of that. Boats that would tide them over (excuse the pun) until the economic situation improves. It is a bit hard to justify defence spending when other parts of society will be made to do without, e.g. lack of cystic fibrosis units, etc. 100 million would also buy a lot of respite and nursing care, for example.
    Crazy.

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    Some good news for the Naval Service at last, we could do with 6 new ships but two will do for now.

    Thankfully the end is in sight for Emer and Aoife so.
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