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Norman Hardaker 25-08-16 07:41 PM

P 64
Understand the first steel cut on Monday 22nd August delivery 2018 will send usual photies in due course.

Dohville 14-09-16 04:18 PM

Good news for Appledore and the Irish NS.

Norman Hardaker 02-03-17 11:43 AM

Heard that this vessel is to be named LE George Bernard Shaw the keel was laid on Monday 27th no launch date as yet.

Dohville 07-03-17 11:46 PM

Photos on the Irish NS facebok page show that many of the hull sections are at quite an advanced stage of prefabrication. Indeed the shed seems to be full of assorted hull bits.

Norman Hardaker 30-01-18 07:38 AM

LE George Bernard Shaw
Heard yesterday the vessel will be floated out of the building shed on 2nd March at 06.00 hrs will be there photies will follow.

Norman Hardaker 23-02-18 07:34 AM

LE George Bernard Shaw
Learnt yesterday evening float out will now take place on 2nd March HW 18.23 hrs

Dierk Bauer 23-02-18 07:57 AM

Hi Norman, guess you`re not upset about the delay ;)

Norman Hardaker 25-02-18 11:40 AM

LE George Bernard Shaw
Does not make any difference Dierk being an ex Boarding Clerk so use to being out at any time of the day or night. Received a call on Thursday a lady who works in the local supermarket her husband hopefully taking in on a tour of the shipyard prior to the launch hope they will allow me to take photies.

Norman Hardaker 03-03-18 08:32 AM

Le George Bernard Shaw
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The above vessel floated out from the building shed this morning in secret.

Dohville 03-03-18 08:29 PM

Great Photo Norman, hope the conditions were kind to you.

Dohville 05-03-18 08:07 PM

Some photos from within the float out.

Norman Hardaker 28-03-18 07:13 PM

Le George Bernard Shaw
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Latest photie taken today

Norman Hardaker 29-03-18 07:25 AM

LE George Bernard Shaw
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Up to date photie taken yesterday

Dohville 11-06-18 08:38 PM

Passed through Bideford last week while on Holiday in the UK, caught the chance to Photo P64 from the Appledore waterfront. Unfortunately while there is a better view of the vessel from the Gates at Babcock, photography is not permitted there, and I would not wish to get the professional and polite security man working at the gate into trouble.
So here is my effort, taken with my phone. by seamuscor, on Flickr by seamuscor, on Flickr
All appears to be on schedule for sea trials in July.

Dohville 22-06-18 08:41 PM

97%?? What 3% is missing?

Norman Hardaker 23-06-18 07:47 AM

LE George Bernard Shaw
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Latest photie taken this week also ship was offically named this week and still due for trials in July.

Norman Hardaker 12-07-18 08:00 AM

Le George Bernard Shaw
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Sailing from Shipyard on her first trials

Norman Hardaker 12-07-18 08:06 AM

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Sorry sent the wrong photie

Norman Hardaker 17-07-18 07:27 AM

LE George Bernard Shaw
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Vessel returned to shipyard yesterday evening after first trials.

Dohville 19-08-18 03:11 AM

Irish Naval service Social media reporting P64 acceptance trials and delivery expected in early September.

Norman Hardaker 19-08-18 07:26 AM

Have not had any news but understand she may have had gearbox trouble on first trials everybody being very quiet.when the next trials taking place.

Dohville 03-09-18 09:59 PM

I'm hearing Acceptance trials penned for 23rd Sept or thereabouts, when Spring tides are due.

Norman Hardaker 09-09-18 07:28 AM

LE George Bernard Shaw
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Have heard she may be going on 2 nd trial tomorrow but not confirmed,

Norman Hardaker 14-09-18 07:31 AM

Have heard vessel will be sailing again on next spring tide period on the 23rs after having her gearbox replaced.:ciao:

Dohville 24-09-18 06:29 PM

George Bernard Shaw just departed Appledore on acceptance trials.

Norman Hardaker 25-09-18 07:25 AM

LE George Bernard Shaw
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She sailed yesterday evening about 18.00 hrs don't know if she is coming back or proceeding direct to be home base.:boring:

Dohville 25-09-18 06:31 PM

Depends on whether she is flying a Red Duster from the stern or not.

Norman Hardaker 27-09-18 07:45 AM

Le George Bernard Shaw
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Arrived back yesterday evening a few photies attached

Norman Hardaker 05-10-18 07:30 AM

Le George Bernard Shaw
Have heard the vessel will be leaving Appledore again on pm tide 8th.

Dohville 06-10-18 09:08 AM

Thank you. Her ais was powered down until late last week.
I see there are fears for the future of Babcock's Appledore yard,(again) now that work on this ship has completed, and there are no further orders on their books, as they failed to secure contracts for a Maltese OPV order.
The only hope now is that Babcock will be successful in the Type 31e project. In the meantime, Appledore workers are commuting to Devonport for work.

Norman Hardaker 09-10-18 07:40 AM

Le George Bernard Shaw
She left yesterday morning at 06.05 hrs presently anchored of Ilfracombe lets hope everything ok this time no photies will keep an eye on the situation.

Dohville 11-10-18 07:37 PM

P64 Just approaching the Cork Coast. And so the Appledore episode ends, for now. Six fine ships, better than anything seen before in terms of crew comfort. The RN followed their lead. No more mess decks. No more sharing a cabin with 20 others.

Norman Hardaker 12-10-18 06:14 PM

Le George Bernard Shaw
Do you know when the Navy accepted her have not been able to track due eye operation having trouble even writing this .

Dohville 16-10-18 07:51 PM

Thursday Morning. Soon after she was off at full welly (24Kn) accross the Irish Sea, arriving at cork Harbour at about 1900hrs.
In coming weeks her main armament will be fitted. Her workups should take a year at least, befre she could be called fully operational.

Dohville 06-05-19 02:42 PM

P64 Was commissioned last week, In Waterford port, under horrible weather conditions.
Thus ends the OPV replacement program.
Next up, A large vessel which will be capable of operating helicopters, and carrying mission specific cargo, to replace the last ship built in the Republic of Ireland, L.E. Eithne.
It will be similar in function to the RNZNS Canterbury, but unlike that vessel not based on a Ferry design.

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