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This timelapse video of the LÉ Samuel Beckett heading to dry-dock is strangely hypnotic

The most exciting footage of an Irish naval ship in dry-dock you’ll watch today (or your money back).

SHE MAY BE the newest ship in the Naval Service – but the LÉ Sam Beckett is temporarily out of service at the moment for scheduled maintenance.

The 90 metre vessel entered a pre-planned dry docking period in the Cork Dockyard early last week

All going well – and depending on the weather – she is scheduled to head back to open water in the coming days.

The Defence Forces put together a timelapse video of the initial stages of dry-docking.

Filmed last Monday 23 February – it’s oddly mesmerising…

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So why does this need to happen, with such a new ship?

Nothing to be concerned about, apparently. From a Defence Forces spokesperson:

This is standard practice with new vessels, that they will dry dock within the warranty period to ensure all is well with hull fittings etc below the waterline.

Check out the full package below. It’s well worth three-and-a-half minutes of your time.

Source: DFMagazine/YouTube

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