Lieutenant Commander Roberta O’Brien is going to become the first female commander of Irish Naval Ship. Irish Naval Service has appointed her as the commander of a Offshore Patrol Vessel. It is further interesting to note that, even Britain’s Royal Navy appointed Lieutenant Charlotte Atkinson as first female commanding officer of HMS Brecon, the Third Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCM3) only in 2004.
Some of the interesting features of Irish Naval Service are:
- In September 1946, the Naval Service was incorporated into the Irish Defence Forces.
- Irish Naval Service has a flotilla of eight ships and is based on Haulbowline Island.
- The Naval Service follows the tradition of naming its vessels after famous women from Irish and Celtic mythology.
- Lieutenant Commander O’Brien, commissioned in 1997 is going to take over as the commander of Offshore Patrol Vessel ‘LE Aisling’ in early November. LE stands for ‘Long Eireannach’ which means ‘Irish ship’ in the Irish language.
- Offshore Patrol Vessel LE Aisling (P23), commissioned in 1980 has a cruising range of 4000 nautical miles at 17 knots.
More information on Irish Naval Service is at Irish Defence Forces-Naval Service.
To view a photograph of Lieutenant Commander Roberta O’Brien and to read more, log on to Irish Times.
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