The Irish Naval Service vessel LÉ Samuel Beckett is visiting Waterford Port this weekend and will be open to the public to view tomorrow (Saturday 24th March).
The ship is currently located on at Frank Cassin Wharf (North bank) and will be open to the public from 10am until 12 midday and again from 2pm until 5 pm. The Waterford Unit Naval Service Reserve will be onboard assisting the crew and providing information to potential NSR (Naval Service Reserve) recruits, in advance of a NSR recruitment campaign beginning next month.
LÉ Samuel Beckett is one of three Offshore patrol vessels (OPV) in the naval fleet. She was built at Appledore Shipyards, Devon and commissioned in 2014. As an Offshore patrol vessel, Samuel Beckett has undertaken a three-month humanitarian tour in 2015, rescuing more than 1,000 migrants in the Mediterranean. The ship will be joined later this year by a fourth OPV, the LÉ George Bernard Shaw, which is currently under construction.