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William Butler Yeats (P63)

William Butler Yeats (P63) is a Samuel Beckett-class offshore patrol vessel of the Irish Naval Service. Named after poet W. B. Yeats, the ship is the third in a series of vessels designed by Vard Marine and built by Babcock Marine Appledore.[1][5][6] The ship was floated out of the shipyard in March 2016,[7] started trials in July 2016,[4] and arrived at Haulbowline naval base in late July 2016.[8] The ship was formally commissioned in a ceremony in Galway on 17 October 2016. During the ceremony it was officially named by a granddaughter of the poet, Caitriona Yeats.[2]

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William Butler Yeats at Haulbowline, July 2016
Name:William Butler Yeats
Namesake: W. B. Yeats, Irish poet
Builder: Babcock Marine Appledore, North Devon
Cost: €71 million[1]
Sponsored by: Caitriona Yeats
Christened: 17 October 2016[2]
Commissioned: 17 October 2016[2]
Status: In active service[2]
General characteristics
Class and type: Samuel Beckett-class offshore patrol vessel
Displacement: 2,256 tonnes
Length: 90.00 m (295.28 ft)[3]
Beam: 14.00 m (45.93 ft)
Range: 6,000 nmi (11,000 km; 6,900 mi)[4]


  1. ^ a b "New Naval Service ship to be called LÉ William Butler Yeats" (Press release). Department of Defence. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "LÉ William Butler Yeats formally enters service". RTÉ. 17 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Irish Naval Service floats third OPV". Shephard Media. 16 March 2016.
  4. ^ a b c "Irish Navy's third Samuel Beckett-class OPV LÉ William Butler Yeats floated out". 16 March 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Government to purchase third new Naval Service ship". Irish Times. 9 June 2014.
  6. ^ "New naval ship to be called LÉ William Butler Yeats". Irish Examiner. 22 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Third 'Samuel Beckett' OPV90 class LÉ William Butler Yeats Floated-Out". Afloat Magazine. 17 March 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Naval ship handed over as work begins on next project". North Devon Gazette. 27 July 2016.