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An Taoiseach Mr. Enda Kenny, T.D and Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D.,  Minister for Defence attended this afternoon at the naming and commissioning ceremonies for the new Naval Service ship, LÉ James Joyce berthed at the Carlisle Pier in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin.

The event was attended by members of the Joyce family with the naming ceremony carried out by a grandniece of James Joyce, Ms. Carol Joyce.

In his address, An Taoiseach said that “It is a great pleasure for me as Taoiseach to welcome the second of three new ships as it commences a long and industrious career in service with the Defence Forces”.
The Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney, T.D. said that “The naming and commissioning of the ship carries with it a great sense of pride and anticipation for all Naval Service personnel. LÉ James Joyce will be a tremendous asset to the Naval Service. I know that the ship’s first captain, Lieutenant Commander Brian Dempsey and his crew are eagerly looking forward to working up the new ship to its full potential.”

An Taoiseach commended all involved in the build project of the ship. He particularly thanked the main contractor Babcock Marine Appledore, part of the Babcock International Group in the United Kingdom, members of the Naval Service and the Department of Defence and everyone who played a part leading to the arrival of this impressive Naval Service vessel into Dun Laoghaire today. 

An Taoiseach also added “that the Naval Service presents a wide range of challenging roles to all of its personnel, now more than ever before. The continuing success of the Naval Service in fulfilling the roles of fishery protection, marine search & rescue and its many other tasks has resulted in a much more widespread public appreciation of the importance of the Naval Service to the entire community. The recent actions of both LÉ Eithne and LÉ Niamh in the Mediterranean have brought home to us the clear professionalism of Naval Service personnel in carrying out the very difficult tasking in that area. We all appreciate the tremendous work the Naval Service continues to do in the region.  
Mr. Kenny finished by extending his very best wishes and that of the Government to the Captain and crew of LÉ James Joyce.
Note for Editors - Current ships replacement programme
The Department is currently in the midst of a three ships replacement programme. Following a tender competition, a contract was placed in October 2010 with Babcock Marine, UK, for the provision of two new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) for the Naval Service with the option of a third OPV.  Two of the ships, LÉ Samuel Beckett (named and commissioned May 2014) and LÉ James Joyce (to be named and commissioned today Tuesday 1st September 2015) have been delivered.
In June 2014 the Department exercised the option under the original contract to place an order for a third OPV (to be named LÉ William Butler Yeats) which is scheduled for delivery in the middle of 2016.  The value of the contract, including the third ship, is €199,358,000, inclusive of VAT. The cost of the main armaments for the three ships is €13.1m, inclusive of VAT.