Irish OPV Eithne (p31)
Hello Chuck Hill,that was quick!The Irish flag ship Eithne she is. GrandLogistics.
Until the Kiwis got theirs Eithene was unique. We should have had similar instead of Clyde.Not that Clyde is a bad ship. IMHO all the Rivers should have been built to the same spec' as Clyde.
Hello steve,it is interesting that the Irish see her as having a combat role. GrandLogistics.
The Irish are big on their UN military commitments. Therefore it isn't that hard I suppose to imagine Eithne off some non-European shore shelling "insurgents." It is interesting to compare the size and orbat of what is effectively a coastguard with our own "home fleet." Then again the Rivers and Scottish FP ships can always call on something bigger.Since I have been watching and reading about naval events I have been accustomed to "events" at sea, even between friends, going beyond the level of what would happen "on land."Oh! And thanks for not taking the blog down the rabbit hole of simple ships for chasing pirates etc. etc. A non-topic I am getting heartily sick of.
I was familiar with this ship because I compared her to the US Coast Guard's 270 ft WMECs which were roughly contemporary and very nearly the same size. Interesting it was largely paid for with EU money. What happens when it gets used against another EU member.
The Irish economic miracle has been all smoke and mirrors. It sits on Europe's periphery, has a small population, and few natural resources.Ireland's economy is closely tied to the UK's which is significantly bigger and further is "out of sync" with the European economies in its character.The EU pumping money into the economy in all sorts of ways was only going end in tears. As was currency union with a large economies such as Germany and France (both as I pointed out are "different" from the UK's.)Whether the Irish knew what they were getting into seems datable. Not long after the Euro came into being the Irish tried to set their own interest rates.All good clean fun.
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