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    LÉ Samuel Beckett



    Babcock Marine has launched the first of two new 90 m offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Irish Naval Service (INS) and laid the keel for the second unit at its Appledore yard in southern England, officials have announced.

    First-of-class LÈ Samuel Beckett was floated out on 3 November. Keel laying for the second 1,933-tonne vessel took place on 4 November.

    LÈ Samuel Beckett is now 92% complete, with power being generated by the ship's machinery, a Babcock spokeswoman told IHS Jane's . The ship's lighting and forward and aft capstans were also activated and used during the float-up,


    http://www.janes.com/article/29806/b...eel-for-second

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    Fine looking ship. Pity about the left over bunting from the last Indian ship built there.
    " I will not have my fwiends widiculed by the common soldiewy"

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    What bunting?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldie fish View Post
    What bunting?
    Starboard side guard rail towards the bow .
    Last edited by Laners; 3rd December 2013 at 21:19.
    Don't spit in my Bouillabaisse .

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpudGunner View Post
    Fine looking ship. Pity about the left over bunting from the last Indian ship built there.
    The even got the Indian flag upside down

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    Guess it's just bunting then.

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    Nice looking ship! Looks like they even forgot the symbol in the middle of the Indian flag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave_Lewis View Post
    Nice looking ship! Looks like they even forgot the symbol in the middle of the Indian flag.
    when is she due in ireland anybody know??

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    Quote Originally Posted by moggy View Post
    when is she due in ireland anybody know??
    Original plan was Feb 2014
    "Well, stone me! We've had cocaine, bribery and Arsenal scoring two goals at home. But just when you thought there were truly no surprises left in football, Vinnie Jones turns out to be an international player!" (Jimmy Greaves)!"

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    Sea trials have not started yet. They should start next month, and delivery should be due when this is complete. Commissioning is scheduled for April.


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    Is the original plan the current plan?

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    No.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmigs View Post
    Is the original plan the current plan?
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    No.
    The original planning being that the 2 vessels would be "delivered on a phased basis between 2010 and 2012".

    http://forum.irishmilitaryonline.com...l=1#post188818

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeV View Post
    The original planning being that the 2 vessels would be "delivered on a phased basis between 2010 and 2012".

    http://forum.irishmilitaryonline.com...l=1#post188818
    The original original plan as per the Fleet Replacement Programme which was underpinned by the last White Paper should have seen the first replacement OPV delivered in 2008 and the second in 2009. The programme is 6 years behind schedule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flintstone View Post
    The original original plan as per the Fleet Replacement Programme which was underpinned by the last White Paper should have seen the first replacement OPV delivered in 2008 and the second in 2009. The programme is 6 years behind schedule.
    The third being due in 2010, the fourth this year and 2 more in 4 years time.

    Then Government policy changed from the 30 year rule to the 35 year rule.

    So first in 2013, second this year, third in 2015, fourth in 2019 and 2 more in 2023. And they are still a year behind schedule (oh and Government policy says an 8 vessel flotilla, we now have 7).

    Why is being schedule?
    It took 3 years to select the winning tender bid and award the contract, which would have meant the first and second vessels would have already been overdue replacement by 3-4 years by the time they were delivered.
    Plus of course the economic downturn

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    Economic downturn my ass. Blame it squarely on the shoulders of former minister Willie O Dea who was incapable, or unwilling to make a decision without first employing teams of consultants. If he couldn't drive it down o Connell street for his Paddys Day parade in Limerick, then it was of no interest to him.
    There was plenty of money available when the 30 year rule still applied, and the NS were quite ready to order too. The Build cost would also have been smaller.


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    Just had a look at the tender docs, we should had 2 x new OPVs and 1 x new EPV in service 2 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave_Lewis View Post
    Nice looking ship! Looks like they even forgot the symbol in the middle of the Indian flag.
    what you on about.....or are you being smart...

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    Must be time for sea trials , now showing on AIS .
    Don't spit in my Bouillabaisse .

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    good man martin always on the ball :n:
    Last edited by moggy; 29th January 2014 at 20:26.

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    Ship P61. by ohefin, on Flickr


    Seen on boards.. Does P61 carry an air search radar?
    British officer: You're seven minutes late, Mr. Collins.
    Michael Collins: You've kept us waiting 700 years. You can have your seven minutes.

    [As the British flag comes down]

    Michael Collins: So that's what all the bother was about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Blue Max View Post

    Ship P61. by ohefin, on Flickr


    Seen on boards.. Does P61 carry an air search radar?
    I think it was an option on the tender

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Blue Max View Post
    Seen on boards.. Does P61 carry an air search radar?
    Nope, not in that pic anyway - one of the early renderings did show one and there was talk of it here, but lately it appears as though it wont be so equipped, at least to begin with.

    May show up if/when UAV ops begin.

    The Kelvin Hughes SharpEye surface radar antenna is visible though and the usual compliment of UHF/VHF/HF/SAT antennas too
    Last edited by pym; 30th January 2014 at 20:10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laners View Post
    Must be time for sea trials , now showing on AIS .
    Of course it is. The week I have no access to internet other than via mobile....Typical.


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    PDF from Kelvin Hughes on their SharpEye system: http://www.kelvinhughes.com/upload/p...ures/naval.pdf

    Nice performance & specs - gigabit ethernet, open architecture, camera slew to cue, helicopter control and recovery modes, interfaces with FCS etc.

    It may be that the NS decides it's already enough for UAV ops.

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