Appledore shipyard has completed its third Irish Naval vessel as it prepares to start work on the next one.

An offshore patrol vessel (OPV) built at Appledore Shipyard has been successfully handed over to the Irish Naval Service.

It had been on sea trials for several weeks and was spotted off the North Devon coast by many.

A spokesman for shipyard operators Babcock said: “LE William Butler Yeats has now successfully completed sea trials and has been handed over to the Irish Naval Service.

“Preparation work for our recent contract extension to build a fourth OPV is also well underway with production due to start in August.”