Emer (P21)

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Emer at Haulbowline in October 2007
Career (Ireland) Irish Naval Jack
Name: Emer (P21)
Namesake: Emer, the principal wife of Cúchulainn
Builder: Verolme Cork Dockyard, Cork
Yard number: 29
Laid down: 28 February 1977
Launched: 26 September 1977
Commissioned: 16 January 1978
Decommissioned: 20 September 2013
Homeport: Haulbowline Naval Base
Status: Decommissioned
General characteristics
Class & type: Deirdre class OPV
Type: Offshore Patrol Vessel
Displacement: 1,019.5 tonnes Standard
Length: 65.2 m (214 ft) overall
Beam: 10.5 m (34 ft)
Draught: 4.4 m (14 ft)
Speed: 31.5 km/h (17.0 kn) maximum
Complement: 46 (5 officers and 41 ratings )
Armament: 1 x Bofors L40/70
2 x Rheinemetall RH202 20mm
7.62mm MAG58 7.62mm

Emer (P21) was a ship in the Irish Naval Service. The ship was named after Emer, the principal wife of Cúchulainn and the daughter of a chieftain from Rush, County Dublin.

After evaluating Deirdre for 3 years, Emer was ordered in 1975. Experience with Deirdre showed a need for more engine power, better crew accommodation and improved silencing. The vessel was modernised throughout her service life in order to take advantage of new technologies and to make life for the crew more comfortable; additions included air conditioning.

She was an improved version of the sole of Class Deirdre and is similar to the improved versions LÉ Aoife (P22) and LÉ Aisling (P23). She was commissioned on 16 January 1978 and decommissioned on 20 September 2013.[1]

On 23 October 2013 Emer was sold at auction for €320,000 to a Nigerian businessman.[2]

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