Maev (02)

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LE Maev nameplate.jpg
Nameplate of LÉ Maev, on display in the Maritime Museum of Ireland
United Kingdom
NameHMS Oxlip
BuilderA & J Inglis, Glasgow
Laid down9 December 1940
Launched28 August 1941
Completed28 December 1941
Maiden voyage1942
In service1942-46
IdentificationPennant number: K123
FateSold to Irish Navy 1946
NamesakeMedb, the legendary queen of Connacht
IdentificationPennant number: 02
FateScrapped 23 March 1972
General characteristics
Class and typeFlower-class corvette
Displacement1020 tons standard (1280 full load)
Length205 ft (62 m)
Beam33 ft (10 m)
Depth14 ft (4.3 m)
Installed powerSingle reciprocating vertical 4-cylinder triple expansion by John Kincaid, Greenock[1]
Propulsion2,759 ihp (2,057 kW) 2 cylindrical Scotch single-ended boilers. Single shaft
  • max: 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)
  • cruising: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement5 officers, 74 ratings
Sensors and
processing systems
Electronic warfare
& decoys

Maev /ˈmv/ was a Flower-class corvette of the Irish Naval Service.[2] She was named after Medb, the legendary queen of Connacht. She was launched in August 1941 as HMS Oxlip, and served on the Arctic convoys during World War II.

Maev was commissioned into Irish service in December 1946,[3] and decommissioned in March 1972.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Naval Service - Fleet History". Irish Defence Forces. Archived from the original on 10 May 2012.
  2. ^ Aidan McIvor (1994). A History of the Irish Naval Service. Irish Academic Press. p. 228. ISBN 9780716525233.
  3. ^ "RTÉ Archives - Policing Irish Waters Against Poachers". RTÉ. 1971. Retrieved 20 October 2018. In 1946 the Department of Defence bought three British corvettes for a bargain price and the Long Éireannach (LÉ) Cliona, LÉ Maev and LÉ Macha, were the sum total of the Irish navy for the next twenty years