P41 - L.E. Orla
"Orla" was a very popular name in the 12th century all over Ireland. The names means ‘Sovereignty’ or ‘Golden Princess’.
One of two Coastal Patrol Vessels, (L.E. Orla [formerely HMS Swift]and L.E. Ciara [formerly HMS Swallow]), these vessels were bought from the British Royal Navy and commissioned into service in the 1980s. Due to their high speed and shallow draught these vessels are ideal for patrolling close to Ireland's coastline. During their service these vessels have been involved in some of the largest seizures of narcotics, but are more generally used in fishery patrol.
Orla was purchased in 1988. Her primary armament is a 76mm OTO MELARA compact gun and RADAMEC electro optical fire control system.
Waterford is Orla's adopted port.
Main Engines: 2 X Crossley SEMT- Pielstick Diesels 14,400 HP
Speed: 25 + Knots
Range: 2500 Nautical Miles @ 17 knots
Crew: 39 (5 Officers)
Main Armament:76mm OTO Melara Canon with Radamec Fire Control System.
Secondary Armament: 2 X 20mm Rheinmetall Rh202 Canon, 2 X 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun
Small Arms: 9mm Pistol to 7.62mm General Purpose Machine Gu