Simon Coveney, Irish Minister for Defence and Minister for International Affairs has introduced the acquisition of two Inshore Patrol Vessels from the New Zealand Authorities. The Authorities of Eire has acknowledged that there are ongoing challenges within the Naval Service and these are being addressed as a part of a deliberate strategy to regeneration of the Naval Service. This may see, amongst a spread of different actions, the withdrawal of three ships from service – LÉ Orla, LÉ Ciara and LÉ Eithne and their substitute on a phased foundation. It’s the intention that the 2 ships will probably be transported to Eire in 2023 after a programme of works to revive them to Lloyd’s Classification has been carried out in New Zealand.

The funding of €26 million in these two Inshore Patrol Vessels will present replacements for LÉ Orla and LÉ Ciara. These Inshore Patrol Vessels have a lesser crewing requirement than the ships they substitute, and can present the Naval Service with an enhanced capability to function and undertake patrols within the Irish Sea on the East and South East Coast. The undertaking to supply for the substitute of the flagship LÉ Eithne with a brand new extra trendy and succesful Multi Function Vessel is underway, with consultants having been engaged with a view to initiating a young competitors sooner or later. The Minister thanked the Naval Service, Contracts Department within the Division of Defence and the New Zealand Defence Forces for all of their work in bringing the proposal to contract stage.


The Lake-class inshore patrol vessel (also referred to as the Rotoiti class and the Protector class) is a ship class of inshore patrol vessels (IPVs) of the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) which changed the RNZN’s Moa-class patrol boats in 2007–2008. All 4 vessels are named after New Zealand lakes. Pukaki was launched in Whangarei Harbour on 6 Might 2008. Its major duties included border and fisheries safety patrols, surveillance, boarding operations and search and rescue response. Pukaki was the third ship of this identify to serve within the Royal New Zealand Navy and is called after Lake Pukaki. Rotoiti was fitted out in Whangarei and on 20 November 2007 began contractor sea trials. After delays resulting from issues with gear and fittings, she was commissioned on 17 April 2009. Rotoiti is called after Lake Rotoiti.

The Naval Service (Irish: An tSeirbhís Chabhlaigh) is the maritime part of the Defence Forces of Eire and is without doubt one of the three branches of the Irish Defence Forces. Its base is in Haulbowline, County Cork. Ships within the Irish Naval Service are designated with the ship prefix of Lengthy Éireannach (Irish Ship), which is abbreviated to LÉ. Although preceded by earlier maritime defence organisations, the Naval Service was fashioned in 1946. For the reason that Seventies a serious position of the Naval Service has been the availability of fisheries safety in Eire’s unique financial zone (EEZ). Different roles embody sea patrol, surveillance, and smuggling prevention. Often the service undertakes longer missions in assist of different parts of the Defence Forces, Irish peacekeepers serving with the United Nations, or humanitarian and commerce missions.

Royal New Zealand Navy Lake-class inshore patrol vessel HMNZS Rotoiti (P3569) and HMNZS Pukaki (P3568) (at rear) conducting Fleet Officer of the Watch Manoeuvres within the Hauraki Gulf