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

Design and construction

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 history

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.[2] In November 2016, personnel from the LÉ James Joyce boarded the FV Margiris as part of a fisheries inspection.[17][18]

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