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Cork City Council host Civic Reception for L.E. Emer

The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Donal Counihan, and Cork City Council hosted a Civic Reception in the Council Chamber, City Hall, Cork on Tuesday, 12th February 2008 commemorating the 30th anniversary of the commissioning of the L.E. Emer.

The Lord Mayor paid tribute to the work of the Naval Service and underlined the key importance of the service and the crew of the L.E. Emer to the city and the country as a whole.

“We are, when all is said and done, first and foremost “an island nation”. Our own city crest “ Statio Bene Fida Carinis - a safe harbour for ships - shows how central the ocean is to our city and country. The objective of the Naval Service in this role is to defend the State against armed aggression and to provide for its security, by maintaining a naval and maritime service for the State in that part of the seas where State jurisdiction applies; internal waters, territorial sea (12 mile limit) and the Irish Sector of the European Economic Zone (200 mile limit) and on the High Seas.

We owe a great deal to the officers and crew of our naval vessels and it gives me great pleasure this evening to honour you all in some small way with this Civic Reception.”

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