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Irish Naval Vessel Which Saved Over 3000 Lives to Visit Rathmullan Donegal this Bank Holiday Monday

5th August 2017
Seen berthed at an Italian port during humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean, LÉ James Joyce which is scheduled to visit Rathmullan, Co, Donegal this August Bank Holiday Monday. Seen berthed at an Italian port during humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean, LÉ James Joyce which is scheduled to visit Rathmullan, Co, Donegal this August Bank Holiday Monday. Photo: Irish Defence Forces

#navy - A special visitor this Bank Holiday weekend writes Donegal Now will make an appearance at the Annual Regatta and Community Festival in Rathmullan on the Monday.

As previously reported on Afloat, the Irish Navy's LÉ James Joyce is scheduled to arrive alongside Rathmullan Pier in support of the Community Festival and Annual Regatta.

The LÉ James Joyce (P62) is a Samuel Beckett-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) which was built by Babcock Marine Appledore for the Irish Naval Service. The vessel was delivered to the Irish Navy mid-2015 and the official naming and commissioning ceremony was held at Dún Laoghaire on September 1, 2015.

During 2016 the vessel under its Captain, Lieutenant Commander Neil Manning, rescued 2,491 people and recovered 21 deceased people. The crew also assisted the Italian authorities in the rescue of a further 1,082 people.

For more details on the visit of the OPV 90 class navy ship click here.

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