The LÉ Samuel Beckett arrived into Haulbowline, Cork, last week from Devon where it was built by Babcock Marine’s Appledore shipyard. It is one of two ships ordered at a cost of more than €100 million. The second craft – to be named LÉ James Joyce – is due for delivery next year.
The decision to depart from the tradition of naming patrol ships after mythical female figures was approved by Cabinet last year, although there was some internal opposition in the Naval Service to any change.
In a letter in The Irish Times [film maker Neil] Jordan said he was organising a “roll call” of writers and artists who “will refuse to have weaponised naval systems named after them”.Do not go down with the ships at sea?