As morning broke, the Irish Naval Vessel sailed from the Taw and Torridge Estaury and out to sea trials, before heading home to Ireland.

LÉ James Joyce was waved off from Appledore Quay early this morning as she set sail for her final 24 hour trial.

The 90 metre Irish Naval vessel build by Babock Marine at Appledore Shipyard is thought to be heading to Ireland after a 24 hour trial.

The ship, first floated in November last year, weight 2,256 tonnes and has been built for the Irish Naval Service.

A third OPV is being built at the shipyard with delivery scheduled for summer next year.

See more photos of LÉ James Joyce leaving Appledore in the gallery above.