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Naval Service

The Irish Naval Service work with CEMS in an advisory capacity, providing support on operational issues.


The Naval Service is Ireland's principal seagoing agency with a general responsibility to meet contingent and actual maritime defence requirements. It is tasked with a variety of defence and other roles. Defence roles include defending territorial seas, deterring intrusive or aggressive acts, conducting maritime surveillance, maintaining an armed naval presence, ensuring right of passage, protecting marine assets and contributing to a blockade if required. The Naval Service must also be capable of supporting Army operations by sea lift and close naval support.


The Naval Service frequently assists other agencies in the area of search and rescue. Ships at sea and the communications center at Haulbowline, Co Cork maintains a 24 hour watch on all distress frequencies. Naval ships at sea are ever ready to respond to distress calls.

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