James Joyce (P62)

James Joyce (P62) is a Samuel Beckett-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) which was built by Babcock Marine Appledore for the Irish Naval Service.[6][7] Although criticised by a descendant of the author,[8][9] the ship was named for writer James Joyce.[10][11]

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NameJames Joyce
NamesakeJames Joyce, Irish novelist and poet
OrderedOctober 2010
BuilderBabcock Marine Appledore, North Devon
Cost€71 million[2]
Laid downNovember 2013
Launched23 November 2014
Sponsored byCarol Joyce
Christened1 September 2015[1]
Commissioned1 September 2015[1]
In serviceYes
Statusin active service
General characteristics
Class and typeSamuel Beckett-class offshore patrol vessel
Displacement2,256 tonnes Standard[3]
Length90.00 m (295.28 ft)
Beam14.00 m (45.93 ft)
  • 15 kn (28 km/h; 17 mph) cruise
  • 23 kn (43 km/h; 26 mph) maximum
Range6,000 nmi (11,000 km; 6,900 mi)
Complement54 (44 crew + 10 trainees)[5]
Aviation facilitiesUAV capable[4]

Design and constructionEdit

In October 2010, the Irish Naval Service ordered a number of new offshore patrol vessels from Babcock Marine, a UK-based shipbuilder operating out of Appledore, North Devon. Like the similar Róisín-class OPV, James Joyce was designed by Vard Marine.[12]

In July 2013, the name of the vessel, James Joyce was announced by the Minister for Defence Alan Shatter in Dáil Éireann.[13]

Operational historyEdit

The ship was completed and floated out of the shipyard in November 2014.[14] Following sea-trials and a number of delays it was delivered to the Naval Service in mid-2015.[11][15][16] The official naming and commissioning ceremony was held at Dún Laoghaire on 1 September 2015.[1] In November 2016, personnel from the LÉ James Joyce boarded the FV Margiris as part of a fisheries inspection.[17][18]


  1. ^ a b c "Naming and Commissioning Ceremony for new Naval Service Vessel LÉ James Joyce" (Press release). MerrionStreet.ie. Irish Government News Service. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  2. ^ "New Naval Service ship to be called LÉ William Butler Yeats" (Press release). Department of Defence. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Babcock's Appledore to build fourth Irish offshore patrol vessel". NavalToday.com. 16 June 2016.
  4. ^ Riegel, Ralph (17 March 2015). "New Navy vessel to control drones and robotic subs". Irish Independent.
  5. ^ "Babcock displays Irish OPV at DSEI". ADS Advance. ADS Group. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  6. ^ Gallacher, Neil (28 April 2014). "Devon-built Samuel Beckett ship handed to Irish Naval Service". BBC News. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Minister Welcomes Return Of LÉ Eithne, Arrival Of LÉ James Joyce To Cork". Afloat.ie. 17 July 2015.
  8. ^ Siggins, Lorna (5 May 2014). "Decision to name Navy patrol ships after writers defended". Irish Times.
  9. ^ Siggins, Lorna (9 June 2014). "Naval Service ship names row may reopen". Irish Times.
  10. ^ O'Riordan, Sean. "Navy to use drones to improve surveillance". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  11. ^ a b Howells, Sarah (16 June 2015). "LÉ James Joyce sets sail from Appledore". North Devon Gazette.
  12. ^ "Second Irish OPV afloat at Babcock's Appledore shipyard". janes.com. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  13. ^ "Houses of the Oireachtas - Naval Service Vessels". Oireachtas (Hansard).
  14. ^ "Babcock floats Irish Navy's new LÉ James Joyce OPV". naval-technology.com. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  15. ^ "New naval ship to be called LÉ William Butler Yeats". Irish Examiner. 22 July 2015. LÉ James Joyce, which arrived in the Naval Base at Haulbowline in Co Cork last Friday
  16. ^ O'Riordan, Sean (7 July 2015). "Navy crew 'abandon ship' over problems on LÉ James Joyce". Irish Examiner.
  17. ^ Robinson, Ann (29 November 2016). "Irish Navy boards super trawler off Donegal". CoastMonkey.ie.
  18. ^ Doherty, Sue (3 December 2016). "Irish navy inspect world's second largest trawler off the coast of Donegal". Donegal Democrat.