After 36 years in the service, Commodore Hugh Tully has been appointed Flag Officer Commanding the Naval Service.
The Dublin native has held a broad range of appointments in the navy and, prior to his elevation to the top job, was Officer Commanding Naval Operations Command for three years.
He was once in charge of the Naval Service HR Section, and commanded Ireland’s flagship LÉ Eithne from 2006 to 2008.
He served as Senior Staff Officer and Officer in Charge of Planning and Policy at navy headquarters in Haulbowline.
Commodore Tully also spent two years as a UN military observer with the United Nations Truce Supervisory Organisation in Israel and Lebanon.
He has previously commanded LÉ Aoife and LÉ Orla and is a graduate of the Irish Command and Staff Course.
The senior naval officer also has received medals for overseas service with UNIFIL (1986) and UNTSO (2003-2005).
Meanwhile, Bantry native Lieutenant Commander Kenneth Minehane has been told he will captain LÉ Samuel Beckett when the €50m vessel arrives in Cork in the spring.
He completed his training in the Naval College, Haulbowline and also in Britannia Royal Naval College and the School of Maritime Operations in HMS Dryad with the British navy.
During his 25 years with the navy, Lt Cmdr Minehane has served in the gunnery of LÉ Aisling and was made gunnery officer on LÉ Ciara.
He was navigation and operations officer on LÉ Eithne and executive officer on LÉ Aoife.
Lt Cmdr Minehane also served twice as captain of LÉ Orla and later captained LÉ Niamh on a tour to Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, and the US that was aimed at strengthening Ireland’s cultural and economic links with these nations.
He has also served as Officer in Charge of the Fisheries Monitoring Centre and completed two spells overseas with the UN in Liberia and with the 92nd Infantry Battalion in the Liberian capital, Monrovia.