L.É. Róisín left Ireland’s the Naval Base, Haulbowline on Sunday, 1st May 2016, to assist the Italian authorities in the search and rescue activities in the Mediterranean. Irish NAVY vessel as spotted on leaving homeland with 57 crew on board in Galway Bay Sunday Evening.
Earlier this month the Government approved the despatch of an Irish Naval vessel to the Mediterranean. Following the Government Decision the Minister commented “The humanitarian crisis arising in the Mediterranean as a result of the Migrant crisis continues to be of great concern to Ireland and to our EU partners”.
Minister for Defence Simon Coveney was in attendance for the departure. Its 57-strong crew have been completing pre-deployment training and preparing the ship for an extended deployment since receiving notice to sail. Commanded by Lieutenant Commander Ultan Finegan, it is the fourth Irish Navy ship to assist in the rescue effort in the Mediterranean. The Defence Forces personnel that crewed LÉ Eithne, LÉ Niamh and LÉ Samuel Beckett in 2015 rescued over of 8,000 people during the course of their deployments to the Mediterranean.