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Naval Service OPV Newbuild L.E. Samuel Beckett ‘Floated-Out’ from Devon Shipyard

13th November 2013
Naval Service OPV Newbuild L.E. Samuel Beckett ‘Floated-Out’ from Devon Shipyard

#OPVnewbuilds – L.E. Samuel Beckett, the first of a pair of newbuild OPV vessels under construction for the Naval Service was floated-out earlier this month from a north Devon shipyard, writes Jehan Ashmore.

As previously reported on, the floating-out of the newbuild OPV PV90 class (enhanced Roisin-class) was deferred to this month. Originally it was planned to have taken place the proceeding month from Babcock Marine's shipyard in Appledore.

L.E. Samuel Beckett is expected to be delivered by March 2014. She is a direct replacement of the former L.E. Emer whose adopted 'homeport' was Cork City. Speculation as to if the newbuild will take her predecessor's homeport remains the decision of the Department of Defence.

Yesterday the 'Emer' departed the Naval Base on Haulbowline Island to nearby Cork Dockyard where her owners, Uniglobe Group are to upgrade the vessel for her new role in the Niger Delta.

The 89m L.E. Samuel Beckett is to be followed by the second OPV L.E. James Joyce and likewise this newbuild is to be delivered a year apart in early 2015.

As previously reported in May 2012, senior representatives of the Naval Service and the Department of Defence attended the ceremony at the UK shipyard which won the €99m contract in 2010 to build the pair. Notably the PV90's are to feature drones or "unmanned aerial surveillance vehicles" and robotic submersibles.

The same shipyard near Bideford, also built sections for the first of a pair of new Royal Navy QE-class aircraft-carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth. On Monday the final module of the 'ski-ramp' for the ship's massive hull was slotted into place at Babcock Marine's Rosyth dockyard.


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  • Comment Link Pat Fleming 1st February 2014 posted by Pat Fleming

    The Navy are not happy with the names.
    Strange decision seeing that both writers did not wish to live in Ireland during their adult lives.
    Why was W.B. Yates not considered? His body was brought back from France on a Irish Naval vessel.
    With 1916 coming up why not name them after the leaders?

  • Comment Link Joe Carroll 19th January 2014 posted by Joe Carroll

    Have to agree with Terry, can't understand the move away from the existing naming convention, have to suspect the motives of the Minister.

  • Comment Link Terry conlan 24th November 2013 posted by Terry conlan

    Lousy names for the two new ships crashing right through the hard won and nicely established naming system of INS. Contrary to mis information from Minister Shatter names used were not exclusively feminine , a fact which he and his DOD have not admitted. There is a Beckett Bridge in Dublin and also a Joyce St. plus Joyce Tower in Sandycove. Why this break with tradition; is he anti-Gaelic????

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