Belfast Telegraph

Probe as gun goes missing from ship

The Navy is reviewing security procedures after a firearm and ammunition went missing from a military vessel based in Co Cork.

Gardai and military police launched separate investigations when a Heckler and Koch USP 9mm pistol, two magazines and 100 rounds of 9mm ammunition could not be found on board the LE Niamh.

About 40 sailors, from the ship's captain down to its naval seamen, and other personnel who had access to the vessel face questioning.

The Defence Forces confirmed a routine ordnance inspection on Thursday revealed the ship's armoury was deficient.

The LE Niamh had been docked at the Naval Base in Haulbowline for the past two weeks.

A Defence Forces spokesman said routine ordnance inspections are carried out at least once a week and that the incident was being treated very seriously.

He said: "A full inspection of all Naval Service ordnance has been undertaken and no further deficiencies have been noted. A complete review of security procedures in the Naval Service is currently under way."

A Garda spokesman appealed for anyone with information on the firearm and ammunition to contact Cobh Garda Station.

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