L.É. ORLA (P41), formally known as HMS Swift, is a Peacock class Coastal Patrol Vessel in the Irish Naval Service. Designed in 1985 by Hall, Russell and Co for use by the British Royal Navy in Hong Kong waters. She was purchased by the Irish Government in 1988 and renamed L.É. ORLA, capturing the meaning of ‘Sovereignty’ or ‘Golden Princess’ behind the name.
The ship scored a notable operational success in 1993 when she conducted the biggest drug seizure in the history of the state at the time, with her interception and boarding at sea of the 65ft ketch, Brime.
The primary armament is a 76mm OTO MELARA compact gun and RADAMEC electro optical fire control system. L.É. ORLA is a high-speed vessel, powered by two 14400hp SEMT Pielstick engines designed to move rapidly about her patrol area at speeds of 25+ knots and to bring her considerable firepower to bear when necessary. Her high speed and shallow draught is an ideal combination for patrolling in close proximity to the Ireland’s coastline.