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 The 40th Potential NCO class form an anchor during their passing out parade at the Naval Base, Haubowline. Picture: David Keane.
The 40th Potential NCO class form an anchor during their passing out parade at the Naval Base, Haubowline. Picture: David Keane.
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Navy passing out ceremony as colleagues involved in rescue of refugees

TWENTY-FIVE naval servicemen and servicewomen took part in their passing out parade at the at Cork's Naval base in Hawlbowline.

The recruits from the 40th Potential NCO class were joined by their families and friends for the important occasion.

Andrew Howick from Midleton with his parents Trish and Sean, at the 40th Potential NCO class passing out parade at the Naval Base, Haubowline. Picture: David Keane.
Andrew Howick from Midleton with his parents Trish and Sean, at the 40th Potential NCO class passing out parade at the Naval Base, Haubowline. Picture: David Keane.
Flag Officer Commanding the Naval Service, Commodore Hugh Tully took the salute at the event which is the culmination of an intensive six-month course.

As new recruits were celebrating the passing out parade their colleagues on the LÉ William Butler Yeats ship was involved in a rescue mission where an estimated 149 migrants were recovered from a rubber craft off the coast of Tripoli in Lybia.

 A/Supply Adam Steele from Cobh, with his parents James and Shelley and family members Matthew, Cillian, Eimear and Gracie, at the 40th Potential NCO class passing out parade at the Naval Base, Haubowline. Picture: David Keane.
A/Supply Adam Steele from Cobh, with his parents James and Shelley and family members Matthew, Cillian, Eimear and Gracie, at the 40th Potential NCO class passing out parade at the Naval Base, Haubowline. Picture: David Keane.
The rescue commenced at 8.45am and all migrants were on board by the Irish Naval Ship by 11.15am and were given food, water and medical treatment where required.

LÉ William Butler Yeats crew are currently awaiting further tasks as she remains in the area of operations. The final head count in the numbers of migrants rescued has yet to be confirmed by Italian authorities.

 Craig McKay from Midleton with his girlfriend Leanne O'Driscoll, at the 40th Potential NCO class passing out parade at the Naval Base, Haubowline. Picture: David Keane.
Craig McKay from Midleton with his girlfriend Leanne O'Driscoll, at the 40th Potential NCO class passing out parade at the Naval Base, Haubowline. Picture: David Keane.
The LÉ William Butler Yeats was commissioned in 2016 with the role of providing a search and rescue capability and to undertake humanitarian rescue operations at sea in the Mediterranean. 

Eric Lynch from Ballyvolane with his parents Noel and Jacinta, brother Darren and sister Vikki, at the 40th Potential NCO class passing out parade at the Naval Base, Haubowline. Picture: David Keane.
Eric Lynch from Ballyvolane with his parents Noel and Jacinta, brother Darren and sister Vikki, at the 40th Potential NCO class passing out parade at the Naval Base, Haubowline. Picture: David Keane.
However, that is set change to a more frontline anti-smuggling role which will involve imposing the UN weapons embargo on Libya and training Lybian coastguard units in locating and destroying inflatable dinghy shipments from the Middle East.