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Delay to Irish Naval Service's new Multi-Role Vessel tender raises affordability questions

11th September 2023 - 17:30 GMT | by Tim Fish in Auckland


The fate of the former INS flagship LÉ Eithne is yet to be decided. Local media reports that the ship will become a museum attraction in either Dublin or Cork. (Photo: via author)

An expected tender for the procurement of a new Multi Role Vessel (MRV) for the Irish Naval Service (INS) this year has yet to emerge.

Shephard reported last year that a review was being completed on the concept of operations and specifications requirements for the MRV in advance of a tender release in 2023.

However, a spokesperson from the Irish Department of Defence told Shephard that whilst the MRV project is 'under way' there remain other concurrent strands of work that need to be completed.

These include 'the finalisation of the initial steps of the approvals process, in particular the Preliminary Business Case to inform decision-making which will inform the next steps in this project', the spokesperson explained.

The MRV will replace the INS’s former 84m-long

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Tim Fish


Tim Fish

Tim Fish is a special correspondent for Shephard Media. Formerly the editor of Land Warfare …

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