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Appledore Shipyard Floats-Out New Vessel for Irish Navy
#OPVJamesJoyce – A new offshore patrol vessel for the Irish Navy has been floated for the first time, reports the BBC. The Irish Naval Service's LÉ James Joyce was constructed at Babcock's Appledore shipyard in north Devon. The 90m-long vessel,…
L.É. Aoife’s Auction Date Changed Subject to Progress of Newbuild Replacement
#AoifeAuctionUpdate – L.É. Emer (P21) which was sold at public auction this day last year to Nigerian interests for €320,000, was to be followed 12 months later with the disposal of sister L.É. Aoife (P22) however this has been postponed,…
Naval Service Reserve Passing Out Ceremony At Haulbowline
#navy – Ten new recruits to the Naval Service Reserve completed their training in a ceremony in the Naval Base on Haulbowline yesterday. The 10 recruits, 9 from Cork and 1 from Dublin endured 3 weeks of intense training where…
Naval Service Showcase L.E. Samuel Beckett at OPV Conference
#OPVconference- L.E. Samuel Beckett (P61) is appropriately docked in Dublin Port, having arrived last night on the eve of today's start of the International Offshore Patrol Vessels Conference (30 Sept-2 Oct) held in the capital, writes Jehan Ashmore. The €54m…
Major Offshore Patrol Vessels Conference Heads for Dublin
#OPVconference- A major three day conference on the Offshore Patrol Vessels industry will be held in Dublin starting tomorrow. Among the delegates speakers of the International Offshore Patrol Vessels Conference (30 Sept-2 Oct) now in its 9th year will be…
Caribbean Drug Yacht Seized By Irish Navy & Taken To Cork Harbour
#drugsmuggling – An 18–metre yacht (60–foot) carrying an estimated street value of between €70m and €80m of Cocaine seized off the South West coast has arrived in to Cork Harbour after arrest by the Irish Navy last night. Three men…
Naval Service Exercise Demonstrates Multi-Task Roles for Newest and Oldest Patrol Vessels
#NavalExercises – The Naval Service's newest and oldest patrol vessels have taken part in a week-long major exercise, one of several held annually, where L.É Samuel Beckett (P61) set her paces accompanied by L.E. Aoife offshore of Cork Harbour, writes…
Naval Service Fleet Exercise is Opportunity to Hone Skills
#defenceforces – Yesterday's Naval Service fleet exercises were an opportunity to hone skills and improve on techniques to ensure that the ships can respond to any operational requirement that they may be required to undertake in Ireland's extensive maritime domain,…
New OPV L.E. Samuel Beckett to take Part in Major Naval Service Exercise Off the South Coast
#SamuelBeckett – The €53m newbuild OPV L.É Samuel Beckett (P61) along with L.É. Aoife (P22) will be conducting major exercises today off the south coast as part of a week-long fleet assessment by the Naval Service. Some of the tasks…
An Taoiseach Confirms €54m Order for Third Offshore Patrol Vessel for the Naval Service
#navy – An Taoiseach and Minister for Defence Mr. Enda Kenny, T.D. announced this morning that an order has been placed with Babcock Marine for the 3rd Offshore Patrol Vessel for the Naval Service. A vessel replacement strategy for the…
Cork City Welcomes Newbuild OPV LÉ Samuel Beckett Prior to Twinning Ceremony
#SamuelBeckett - The State's newest Naval Service patrol vessel opened to the public for the first time (in Cork), and there to greet the arrival was a little girl who welcomed her father home from sea yesterday, writes the Irish…
Navy’s First €50m Samuel Beckett Class OPV to Twin with Cork City
#SamuelBeckett - The state's newest naval vessel, the €50m LÉ Samuel Beckett (P61), is to be twinned with Cork City, homeport of the Irish Naval Service, reports The Irish Examiner. A Naval Service spokesman confirmed the vessel, which boasts Star…
Call For Grounding Naval Service Over Asbestos Concerns
#Navy - The Irish Examiner reports on a solicitor's call for all Irish Naval Service vessels to be immediately docked and checked for asbestos. Ernest Cantillon represents 10 people who believe they have been exposed to the hazardous substance, after…
Navy's Beckett Bow's Out of Dublin Bay with Designer Flare!
#SamuelBeckett – As the sleek profile of Naval Service newbuild OPV L.E. Samuel Beckett (P61) got underway yesterday on the horizon off Killiney Bay (see photo at bottom this link) this was her first patrol since Saturday's joint naming and…
Navy's LE Samuel Beckett Put Through Her Paces on Dublin Bay
#navy – More great footage from the Irish Air Corps on the Navy's newest ship, LE Samuel Beckett during her recent run up prior to commissioning. As Afloat reported previously An Taoiseach and Minister for Defence Mr. Enda Kenny, T.D. attended…
Navy's LE Samuel Beckett is Named, LE James Joyce to Follow Next Year
#navy – Following a tender competition the first of two new ships for the Irish Navy arrived into Dublin for a naming ceremony at the weekend. See time lapse arrival of her arrival up the River Liffey above.  As Afloat…

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