It was revealed in August that Cobh boat building company Safehaven Marine was awarded a contract to build the biggest vessel of a 38 strong fleet for the Royal Navy.
Afloat had previously referred to the survey Wildcat 60 Catamaran, which Safehaven managing director Frank Kowalski said is an “important contract, for the company has been named HMS Magpie and is awaiting module and final installations.
“Pleased to announce our new Motor Survey launch will be named HMS Magpie. The last HMS Magpie was commanded by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in Malta in the early 1950s. Great to revive such a special link to our Lord High Admiral”, the Royal Navy said.
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Afloat adds of another 'royal navy' connection in Cork Harbour took place recently. This involved a courtesy call by the Royal Netherlands Navy submarine HNLMS Walrus which called to the city's central quays last weekend.