FOR more than a month, Commander Pearse O'Donnell and his crew on the LE Eithne have been patrolling the Mediterranean as part of the European response to the refugee crisis on the continent's southern flank.
Thousands of desperate migrants have drowned while fleeing poverty and wars in Africa and the Middle East.
But so far - thanks to the efforts of our heroic Naval Service personnel - more than 2,500 of some of the world's most unfortunate people have not suffered the same terrible fate.
The LE Eithne is continuing its mission until next month when another Irish vessel will be sent to replace her.
The Naval Service's participation in Operation Triton has been a credit to their dedication and expertise.
They will no doubt continue to do the country proud as they continue to save lives in the coming weeks.