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60 Years Peacekeeping1958 - 2018

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of Ireland's first Peacekeeping deployment in 1958.

Since then, Ireland have maintained the longest unbroken service on the front line of peace with over 70,000 individual tours of duty completed by the men and women of Óglaigh na hÉireann.

This year, we remember the 87 members of the Defence Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of Peace.

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L.É. James Joyce P62

LÉ James Joyce is an Offshore Patrol Vessel and represents an updated and lengthened version of the original RÓISÍN Class OPVs which were also designed and built to our specifications by Babcock Marine Appledore and she is truly a state of the art ship. She is built and fitted out to the highest international standards in terms of safety, equipment fit, technological innovation and crew comfort. She is also designed to cope with the rigors of the North East Atlantic.

Officer Commanding L.É. James Joyce

Lt Cdr Neil Manning is currently the second in command of the Naval College and Head of Naval Studies at the National Maritime College of Ireland, based in Ringaskiddy in County Cork. The National Maritime College of Ireland trains both naval and merchant students for seagoing and is a collaboration between the Naval Service and Cork Institute of Technology.

He joined the Naval Service in 1991 and is a native of Wilton, Cork City.

During his career he was trained by the Royal Navy in HMS Britannia in Dartmouth. He has served on all the Naval Service vessels and has been the Commanding Officer of the LE Aisling. He has also served overseas in the Lebanon as a Company Commander with the 106 Irish-Finn Battalion UNIFIL.

Ships Name

The naming of a naval vessel is a hugely significant event as it lays the foundation of the ship’s character and spirit. Wherever the ship goes, whatever ports she visits, her name will echo in the minds and memories of the people who visit and see her. Traditionally Irish naval vessels have been named after mythical figures from Ireland’s heroic past. The naming of LÉ JAMES JOYCE follows a new departure in that, for the second time, a Naval Service ship will be named after a world renowned Irish writer.

James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (1882 – 1941) was an novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist tradition of the 20th century. Perhaps best known for Ulysses, other well-known works are the short-story collection 'Dubliners', and the novels 'Finnegans Wake' and 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man' .

Significant History

L.É. JAMES JOYCE was commissioned into the naval fleet in September 2015. SInce then she has been constantly engaged in Maritime Security and Defence patrolling of the Irish coast. She has also deployed to the Defence Forces mission in the Mediterranean from July to end of September 2016, rescuing 2491 persons and recovering the bodies of 21 deceased.

Ships Charity

Children's Ward, Waterford General Hospital.

Adopted Port

Waterford City

 

Ships Characteristics
Type Offshore Patrol Vessel
Length 90.0m
Beam 14m
Draught 3.8m
Main Engines

2 x Wärtsilä diesel engines and Power Take In, 2 x shafts, 10000kw

Speed 23 knots
Range 6000 Nautical Miles @ 15 knots
Crew 44 (6 Officers)
Armament

1 x 76mm OTO Melara
2 x 20mm RH 202 Rhienmetall Cannon
2 x 12.7mm Browning HMG’s
4 x 7.62mm GPMG’s