LÉ Emer (P21)
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Emer at Haulbowline in October 2007
|Namesake:||Emer, the principal wife of Cúchulainn|
|Builder:||Verolme Cork Dockyard, Cork|
|Laid down:||28 February 1977|
|Launched:||26 September 1977|
|Commissioned:||16 January 1978|
|Decommissioned:||20 September 2013|
|Homeport:||Haulbowline Naval Base|
|Commissioned:||19 February 2015|
|Status:||in active service|
|Class and type:||Emer-class 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 )|
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.
On 23 October 2013 Emer was sold at auction for €320,000 to a Nigerian businessman.
In July 2014 Emer was impounded by the Nigerian Navy because the new owner had failed to secure the necessary military approval before bringing the ship into Nigerian waters.
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