Friday 9 December 2016

Our Naval Service, past and present, does this country proud

Published 15/08/2015 | 02:30

A migrant is helped after being rescued by the LE Niamh
A migrant is helped after being rescued by the LE Niamh

The humanity shown by the Naval Service of our Defence Forces - whose courageous acts of bravery on the high seas in such difficult circumstances bring great credit to our country - will no doubt be officially recognised by the Government in due course.

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However, may I also remind your readers of a different time when the men of the flower-class corvettes showed that same bravery and courage, only their efforts seem to have been forgotten.

Following the fire on board LE Cliona in May 1962, the actions of Able Stoker William Mynes and Lt Pat O'Mahony (O'Mathuna) should have merited recognition in the years thereafter. Taking into account all the circumstances, it is an inexplicable omission by those entrusted with the command and political responsibility for the Irish Naval Service in the 1960s that this did not happen.

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