Irish entering the affray in Libya

The Irish are due to start military operations in Libya. They are sending 3 warships, two with sand and one with cement. It is expected that they will be launching a mortar attack...
It wont be long now before the Irish Navy will be larger than the RN.
These vessels were sold after our pull-out from Hong Kong. I always thought they should have been retained but this was the start of the great 'sell-off':
Wikipedia said:
The Peacock Class is a class of patrol corvette built for the Royal Navy. Only five were ever constructed, and by 1997 all had been sold to the Irish Naval Service or the Philippine Navy...