Dublin Docklands: L.É. ORLA was formally the HMS SWIFT, a photo by infomatique on Flickr.
Monday, December 17, 2012
The L.É. before the ships names means Long Éireannach or Irish Ship.
The Naval Service operates two Coastal Patrol Vessels. These vessels were bought from the British Royal Navy and commissioned into service in the 1980s. Due to their high speed and shallow draught these vessels are ideal for patrolling close to Ireland's coastline. During their service these vessels have been involved in some of the largest seizures of narcotics and arms in Irish history.
L.É. ORLA was formally the HMS SWIFT a British Royal Navy patrol vessel stationed in the waters of Hong Kong. She was purchased by the Irish State in 1988.