Galway Bay fm newsroom – The junior Defence Minister has praised the LE Aisling’s close association with the Children’s Ward at UHG during a decommissioning ceremony at Galway Docks this afternoon.
The Irish Naval vessel, which is twinned with Galway, has been officially decommissioned at Galway Docks after 36 years in service.
It was involved in the capture of the IRA gun-running ship, the Marita Ann in 1984, and was also one of the first ships on the scene after the Air India disaster of 1985.
Over the years, the crew has raised thousands of euro for the childrens’ ward at UHG.
Speaking to our reporter Lyndsay Hughes on board the LE Aisling, her captain Lieutenant Commander Patrick Doherty says the ship will now be sold on.
The LE Aisling has travelled over 628 thousand nautical miles during her time in service – the equivalent of circumnavigating the globe 32 times.
Her crew has boarded over 5,500 vessels at sea and detained over 220 fishing vessels.
WE’LL HAVE A SPECIAL FEATURE ON THE DECOMMISSIONING OF THE LE AISLING ON FYI GALWAY AT 5 THIS EVENING.