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Newest Naval Service Vessel, LÉ George Bernard Shaw Opens to Public in Lough Swilly

6th December 2019
Newest Naval Service offshore patrol vessel (OPV) LÉ George Bernard Shaw opens to the public this weekend (7th and 8th Dec) while alongside Rathmullan Pier, Lough Swilly in Co. Donegal. Also above is an older version of the class, the OPV LÉ Niamh at sea along with a Coastal Patrol Vessel (CPV).  Newest Naval Service offshore patrol vessel (OPV) LÉ George Bernard Shaw opens to the public this weekend (7th and 8th Dec) while alongside Rathmullan Pier, Lough Swilly in Co. Donegal. Also above is an older version of the class, the OPV LÉ Niamh at sea along with a Coastal Patrol Vessel (CPV). Photo: INS -facebook

Newest Naval Service vessel, LÉ George Bernard Shaw is to open to the public for guided tours this weekend (7th-8th December) at Rathmullan Pier in Lough Swilly, Co. Donegal.

Navy personnel of the latest offshore patrol vessel (OPV90) P60 class will be on hand during the tours held on Saturday between 1300-1600 and the following Sunday 1400-1600.

The crew will also be looking forward to taking part in the PolarPlunge Charity Event in aid of Special Olympics Ireland.

As Afloat previously reported the €67m newbuild took part in PASSEX training exercises with a Belgian Navy frigate in the the Irish Sea prior to a visit to Dublin Port in October.

It is more than a year ago when the fourth and final P60 class made a delivery voyage to Cork Harbour from UK shipyard, Babcock Marine & Technology's facility  located in Appledore.

The shipyard in north Devon has since closed though there have been attempts to reopen. 

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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