LÉ William Butler Yeats (P63)
LÉ 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. The ship was floated out of the shipyard in March 2016, started trials in July 2016, and arrived at Haulbowline naval base in late July 2016. 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.
LÉ William Butler Yeats at Haulbowline, July 2016
|Name:||LÉ William Butler Yeats|
|Namesake:||W. B. Yeats, Irish poet|
|Builder:||Babcock Marine Appledore, North Devon|
|Sponsored by:||Caitriona Yeats|
|Christened:||17 October 2016|
|Commissioned:||17 October 2016|
|Status:||In active service|
|Class and type:||Samuel Beckett-class offshore patrol vessel|
|Length:||90.00 m (295.28 ft)|
|Beam:||14.00 m (45.93 ft)|
|Range:||6,000 nmi (11,000 km; 6,900 mi)|
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- "Third 'Samuel Beckett' OPV90 class LÉ William Butler Yeats Floated-Out". Afloat Magazine. 17 March 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
- "Naval ship handed over as work begins on next project". North Devon Gazette. 27 July 2016.
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