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Sunday, 30 September 2018

PHOTO GALLERY #22: William Butler Yeats, offshore patrol vessel of the Irish Naval Service

William Butler Yeats, offshore patrol vessel of the Irish Naval Service
This is the fifth photo gallery (see previous posts) from my visit to Kiel, on the first weekend of the 136th Kiel Week. The Kiel Week (German: Kieler Woche) or Kiel Regatta is an annual sailing event in Kiel, the capital of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. The first weekend of the Kiel Week, the famous Naval Base of Kiel, opens its gates for just four hours per day, for thousands of tourists who are eager to visit the German Navy warships and dozens of foreign warships which visit the city of Kiel, to honor the Kiel Week. Τhe Irish Naval Service was represented by the P63 William Butler Yeats, the third Samuel Beckett class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) which was commissioned in October 2016. The Samuel Beckett class OPVs are the largest and most modern Irish warships today and are named after literary figures. The ships have 90 meters length and over 2,200 tons displacement at full load. As all Irish warships, the Samuel Beckett class OPVs are armed with an OTO Melara 3in (76mm) automatic gun installed forward of the bridge, two Rheinmetall 20mm Rh-202 guns, and several M2HB 12.7mm heavy machine guns or FN MAG 7.62mm light machine guns. Enjoy photos from my visit aboard William Butler Yeats, a very modern patrol vessel!


View of the stern. Three 20ft containers can be accommodated there.

Deck area suitable for UAV operations
Deck area suitable for UAV operations


MST RHIB

Notice the Rh202 above

MST RHIB

MST RHIB

The port-side Rh202 20mm gun and SharpEye radars on the mast

The OPV has bow thruster
The OTO Melara gun of the ship


The second MST RHIB

View of the stern deck area

SATCOM antennas



The MST RHIB as seen from the upper deck

Close-up photo of the starboard-side Rh202 gun
The mast of the ship

The gunner is protected by armor shield
Note the German sign!
Chess Dyn. SEA EAGLE EO sensor
One of the many cameras aboard





View from the bridge of the ship
The gun as seen from the bridge
Chess Dyn. SEA EAGLE EO sensor









Mount for heavy machine gun
The 3in gun at the bow deck


The Irish Naval Service banner

Another mount for machine gun

At the stern of the ship

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