Irish Naval Service Patrol Boat Laid down at Babcock Marine’s shipyard
Marine is pleased to report the keel-laying of the first of two Offshore
Patrol Vessels (OPVs) for the Irish Naval Service (INS). The keel was
laid by Commodore Mellet, Flag Officer Commanding Naval Service, on
May 18th, 2012 at Babcock Marine’s shipyard in Appledore, North
Devon. The ceremony was attended by senior representatives of the Department
of Defence, the Naval Service and STXM.
STX Canada Marine PV90 OPV under construction for the Irish Naval Service (Picture:
The new OPVs (PV90) are based upon the STXM PV80
design, two vessels delivered to INS in 2000 and 2001, with an increased
length (10m) and depth (0.60m). In addition, the vessels will have an
increased speed to 23 knots. These design changes will improve INS’s
operational capability in rough waters in the Atlantic. The vessels
are to be delivered in early 2014 and 2015.