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The Minister for Justice, Equality & Defence, Mr. Alan Shatter, T.D., announces that the
Build of new Naval Service ship is well underway

I am pleased to announce that a significant milestone has been reached this afternoon (Friday 18th May 2012) in the build process for the first of two new ships for the Irish Naval Service when a traditional Keel Laying ceremony took place in Babcock Marine’s Appledore Shipbuilding Yard in Devon, UK.

The Keel Laying ceremony was attended by senior representatives of the Naval Service the Department of Defence, as well as Naval Service members involved in the build project.

This is not the first time that the Department of Defence and the Irish Naval Service have had an association with Appledore. Two ships, LE Roisin and LE Niamh, were built in this very dockyard over ten years ago and remain key elements of the current Irish Naval Service fleet.

The first ship is scheduled for delivery in early 2014. The second ship will follow in 2015. The new ships will replace two of the older Naval Service vessels, which will be withdrawn from operational service.


Ends - 18TH May 2012

Note for Editors:

A contract for the provision of two new ships for the Naval Service was placed with Babcock Marine, UK, in October 2010. The contract price is €99m exclusive of VAT and subject to contract terms and final agreed costs. In addition, the cost of providing a weapons system for the ships, similar to the systems on LE Roisin and LE Niamh, will be €7.8m, exclusive of VAT.
Payments on the contract are scheduled over a period of eight years, 2010 to 2017 and are being funded from within the annual Defence budget. The first ship is scheduled for delivery in early 2014. The second ship will follow in 2015. The new ships will replace two of the older Naval Service vessels, which will be withdrawn from operational service.
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Further Technical Information (If required):

Babcock Marine 90 metre Offshore Patrol Vessel

· Commonality of Layout with LE Roisin and LE Niamh
· Commonality of Equipment and Systems with LE Roisin and LE Niamh
· Maintenance and Spares commitments reduced

The following is an overview of the main characteristics and capabilities of the proposed new OPV’s. These vessels will provide strong operational capability for up to 40 years of service in their main area of operation which will be the North Atlantic ocean - out to the 200 mile Economic Exclusion Zone limit and beyond.

Specification Outline Proposal
Length90 metres
Beam14 metres
Draft 4 metres
Max Speed23 knots
Cruise speed16 knots
Loiter speed0-8 knots
Range6000 nm
Endurance21 days
PropulsionDiesel Electric
CommunicationsComprehensive Military Communications Package
Stabilisation Fin Stabilisers
Stabilisation Tank
Flight DeckAft deck provided for UAV Ops and Stowage for 3 TEU on Aft deck
Accommodation44 crew + 10 trainees



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