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Irish Naval Service Patrol Vessel, the LE Samuel Beckett at London Arms Fair

10th September 2017
LE Samuel Beckett at London Arms Fair LE Samuel Beckett at London Arms Fair

The Irish Anti–War Movement has condemned the use of the Irish Naval Service patrol vessel, the LE Samuel Beckett, to 'sell arms' at the London Arms Fair.

The Irish Naval Service patrol vessel LE Samuel Beckett left its home port of Haulbowline in Cork Harbour on Friday evening. LE Samuel Beckett arrived in London Port today.

LE Samuel Beckett ship was purchased in 2014 at a cost of about €71 million and two other almost identical ships have been purchased in the meantime bringing the cost of the three vessels to about €213 million.

In a statement Edward Horgan of the IAWM Steering Committee says 'the LE Samuel Beckett will not be available to protect our fisheries or provide emergency marine rescue services while in London, where its apparent duties will be to help sell lucrative military equipment for the global arms industry'.

Details of its role in London are here

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