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Maev 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 1942 as HMS Oxlip, and served on the Arctic convoys during World War II.

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Name: HMS Oxlip
Builder: A & J Inglis, Glasgow
Laid down: 9 December 1940
Launched: 28 August 1942
Completed: 28 December 1942
Decommissioned: 1946
Maiden voyage: 1942
In service: 1942-46
Identification: K123
Namesake: Medb, the legendary queen of Connacht
Acquired: 1946
Identification: Pennant number: 02
General characteristics
Class and type: Flower-class corvette
Displacement: 1020 tons standard (1280 full load)
Length: 205 ft (62 m)
Beam: 33 ft (10 m)
Depth: 14 ft (4.3 m)
Installed power: Single reciprocating vertical 4-cylinder triple expansion by John Kincaid, Greenock[1]
Propulsion: 2,759 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)
Complement: 5 officers, 74 ratings
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:

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