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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…
Navy's Pride and Joy as L.É. Samuel Beckett is Named and Commissioned into Service
#SamuelBeckett- A niece of Samuel Beckett, Caroline Murphy performed the honour of naming the Naval Service's newest OPV, L.É. Samuel Beckett (P61) and at her side An Taoiseach and Minister for Defence Enda Kenny witnessed the customary champagne bottle smash…
Irish Naval Ship LÉ Samuel Beckett Arrives on the Liffey
#samuelbeckett – The newest Naval Service ship L.É. Samuel Beckett (P61), the first of a pair OPV90 offshore patrol class newbuilds, docked in Dublin Port for the first time this morning and aptly close to her namesake bridge, writes Jehan…
L.É. Samuel Beckett’s Commissioning Ceremony to Take Place Close to Iconic Namesake Bridge
#LESamuelBeckett- The newest Naval Service OPV, L.É. Samuel Beckett (P61), the first of a pair of OPV90 class newbuilds, is to be commissioned into service at a ceremony held close to Dublin city's Samuel Beckett swing-bridge on Saturday, writes Jehan…
Naval Service Flagship and Emergency Crews are 'Ship Shape' if Disaster Strikes
#EmergencyExercise- Around 180 personnel from nine different agencies between them worked together at Waterford Airport and off the coast of Hook Head, to assess how well they would respond to a major disaster. According to Declan Geoghegan, operations manager with…
Naval Service Predecessor Pair Prove Their Worth Before and After ‘Beckett’ Arrival
#FisheryDetention – The day after the Naval Service's newest OPV90 class L.E. Samuel Beckett arrived at Haulbowline, the navy's second oldest unit, the 2001 built L.É. Niamh detained a Spanish registered fishing vessel, writes Jehan Ashmore. L.É. Niamh carried out…
L.E. Samuel Beckett Enters Cork Harbour for First Time to Join Naval Service Fleet
#LEsamuelBeckett – L.E. Samuel Beckett (P61) the first of a pair of OPV 90m class newbuilds, each costing €49m, arrived into Cork Harbour this morning, marking a momentous chapter in the history of the Irish Naval Service, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
L.E. Samuel Beckett On Way after Builders Sea-Trails
#LEsamuelBeckett – Yesterday The Irish Times reported that the Irish Naval Service new €50 million offshore patrol vessel, LE Samuel Beckett (P61) is to sail in to Cork Harbour this morning (Wednesday 30 April) and welcomed to join the fleet…
Devon-Built OPV L.E. Samuel Beckett Handed to Naval Service
#LEsamuelBeckett – The first of a pair of newbuild OPV's, the €50m (£41m) L.E. Samuel Beckett (P61) will be handed over to the Irish Naval Service at a Devon shipyard later, reports BBC News. The 90m (295ft) offshore patrol vessel…
Spanish Fishing Vessel Detained off Mizen Head
#TrawlerDetained – LÉ Roisin (P51) a Naval Service OPV detained a Spanish registered fishing vessel last week for alleged breaches of fishing regulations. The fishing vessel was detained approximately 100 nautical miles south-west of Mizen Head and headed to Castletownbere,…
30 More Civilian Workers May Have Been Exposed to Asbestos on Navy Ship
#Asbestos – While carrying out routine maintenance of a Naval Service patrol vessel, it is now being claimed that 30 more civilian workers could also have been exposed to potentially lethal asbestos, writes The Irish Examiner. That's in addition to…

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