Just heard from good sources that the Naval Service Vessel L.E. Aoife which has been ploughing the stormy waters around our coasts since 1979 is knackered. Essentially she is beyond what might be deemed the economic repair stage.
There are three vessels of this class and of this vintage in about the same condition.
Of the five remaining vessels, one can project that three of those will be in a similar condition when they are due to be retired in 2014.
Meanwhile two more ships are due on stream.
In 2014 there will be only four Naval Vessels patroling the coasts and EEZ out to 200 nautical miles.
A situation has been allowed to occur whereby expensive and new armoured personnel carriers are being withdrawn from overseas due to the army to all intents and purposes being redundant since the withdrawal from Chad.
(No offence meant to the Army, who do a good job when deployed.)
Why has money been diverted to buying Army kit which isn't needed for overseas when we have a coastline & EEZ which needs to be monitored 24/7/365?
CAG should be looking at this and the Secretary of DOD should be in front of a Dail committee explaining how the DOD got it so wrong.