LÉ James Joyce Docks in Haulbowline, Ireland

Irish Navy’s newest Naval Service Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) LÉ James Joyce arrived in Haulbowline on Friday 17th July.

The LÉ James Joyce, was handed over to the Irish Naval Service (INS) at Babcock’s Appledore shipyard in North Devon where the ship was built. The commissioning ceremony for the LÉ James Joyce is yet to be announced.

Like the LÉ Samuel Becket delivered last year, LÉ James Joyce will undertake a range of duties including fishery protection, ​drug interdiction, ​search and rescue, anti-pollution and maritime security duties.​ ​The 90 metre, 2256 tonne OPV has autonomous engine rooms and is capable of a top speed of 23 knots and a range of 6,000 nautical miles at its cruise speed of 15 knots on a single engine.

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