Brothers to make history with command of vessels

TWO brothers are set to make history when they each take command of Irish naval service vessels.

The authorities are planning to ensure the LÉ Roisín and LÉ Ciara berth alongside each other later this month, for an official handing over ceremony which will see Lieutenant Commanders Declan Power and Cathal Power take control of the ships.

There is no doubt that the ceremony will be a proud moment for their father, Danny.

He retired from the navy in 1981 and was the service’s youngest-ever warrant officer and attained the title of master of arms, the highest rank that can be bestowed on a non-commissioned officer.

Declan, who at 37 is the elder of the brothers, joined the navy in 1988 and was commissioned two years later.

He served in Kosovo in 2003/2004 and was, at one stage, second-in-command of the LÉ Eithne. He will take command of the LÉ Roisín.

Cathal, 33, was commissioned in 1995 after joining the naval service two years earlier and previously served on the LÉ Ciara, which he is now set to captain.

“It will make Irish naval history when the two brothers take command of the LÉ Roisín and LÉ Ciara. We have eight ships, so that means they will be in charge of 25% of the fleet,” said navy press officer Lieutenant Commander Terry Ward.

Meanwhile, he confirmed that the navy was making special plans to commemorate the LÉ Eimear’s 30th birthday.

“It is the anniversary of her commission and she’s reaching the end of her notional life. And the process of finding a replacement for her is ongoing,” said Lt Cmdr Ward.

LÉ Eimear was adopted by Cork city and to mark this association the navy intends to sail her into the city where she will host a civic reception.

“Plans are being made for this and we expect it to take place in the next few weeks,” said Lt Cmdr ward.

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