Former Irish Naval Service patrol shop LÉ Aisling; Its new owner, Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar, who has renamed the vessel ‘Dignity’.
Further to the Irish Naval Service suspending its rescue missions in the Mediterranean earlier this year…
And its involvement in training the Libyan coastguard for the EU’s Operation Sophia in which asylum seekers fleeing Libya were being intercepted in the Mediterranean and being brought back to detention centres in Libya...
Colm Keena, in The Irish Times, reports:
In 2017, the State sold the decomissioned LÉ Aisling to a Dutch shipping broker for €110,000.
A year later, the Dutch company sold it to a company in United Arab Emirates for €473,000.
Almost immediately, the UAE company sold it to a company in Libya for €1.3million.
The vessel is now called Al Karama (Dignity), it’s been refitted with weapons and belongs to a “warlord” Khalifa Haftar.
Previously: Meanwhile, On The Liffey