Navy patrol ship open for tours in Galway on Monday

Navy patrol ship open for tours in Galway on Monday

The Irish Navy patrol ship the LÉ Samuel Beckett will be open for public tours in Galway next week.

The Navy patrol vessel is anchoring alongside Galway on Monday June 24, and the crew will be giving guided tours from 2pm to 4pm.

The LÉ Samuel Beckett is one of four new patrol vessels build for the naval service since 2014.

They are often called the four “playwright” sisters because of their names.

The Samuel Beckett the first to roll off the line in 2014, followed by the LÉ James Joyce in 2015, and the LÉ William Butler Yeats in 2016 and LÉ George Bernard Shaw last year.

The Irish Naval service is currently in a recruitment drive to combat low staffing levels that currently stand at just under 1,100 people.

The number of active service members in the Defence Forces has dropped below 9,000 with pay levels for enlisted members one common issue raised.

The duties of Irish patrol ships include looking for illegal fishing vessels and narcotics smugglers in Irish waters.

They also take part in marine rescue missions and deployments to the Mediterranean to combat human trafficking.

Full details of the careers available the requirements can be found at military.ie/careers/naval-service.

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