The rest of the ship will be more traditional fare. Like the Beckett before it, Joyce will be almost 300 feet long, powered by two diesel engines, and have a top speed around 26 mph, though it will more often patrol at around 17 mph. Its armament consists of a large Italian-made OTO Malar 76mm rapid-fire cannon, two smaller German-made rapid-fire cannons, and several machine guns. After it is commissioned in April, the L.E. James Joyce will, in the words of Joyce himself, serve Ireland on "The sea, the snotgreen sea, the (unprintable) sea."