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Dáil Éireann díospóireacht -
Wednesday, 30 Jun 1999

Vol. 507 No. 3

Written Answers. - Naval Service.

Jim O'Keeffe


61 Mr. J. O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Defence if courtesy visits by the Navy have been cancelled; if so, the reasons for this decision; and his views on whether this decision is good for morale. [16528/99]

No courtesy visits approved for Naval Service vessels this year have been cancelled. I recently approved four foreign cruises for Naval Service vessels in 1999. This represents cruises for over 50 per cent of Naval Service vessels which I consider to be a reasonable compromise between maintaining a high Naval Service presence in Irish waters which is the primary role of the Naval Service and the experience to be gained by undertaking such visits.