Irish naval vessel Róisín sets sail for the Mediterranean
The Irish naval vessel Róisín is on its way to the Mediterranean later today to assist in the ongoing rescue effort there.
The ship will depart from Haulbowline in Cork to aid in humanitarian search and rescue operations in conjunction with the Italian authorities.
Its 57-strong crew have been completing pre-deployment training and preparing the ship for an extended deployment since receiving notice to sail.
Commanded by Lieutenant Commander Ultan Finegan, it will be the fourth Irish Navy ship to assist in the rescue effort in the Mediterranean.
The Defence Forces personnel that crewed LÉ Eithne, LÉ Niamh and LÉ Samuel Beckett in 2015 rescued over of 8,000 people during the course of their deployments to the Mediterranean.