LÉ George Bernard Shaw naming ceremony in Waterford today

The official naming and commissioning ceremony of the latest Irish Naval vesselGeorge Bernard Shaw took place in Waterford this afternoon. A fine crowd in poor weather assembled and were addressed by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

The new ship has been actively taking part in maritime defence and security operations since last October prior to her formal commissioning.

The ship is the fourth Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) in the naval fleet and the name follows in the same vein as the other ships in this class named for Ireland’s literary giants; Samuel Beckett was delivered in April 2014, the LÉ James Joyce followed in 2015 and the LÉ William Butler Yeats in 2016.

LÉ George Bernard Shaw

About the Author

Ann Robinson
Has a passion for coastal heritage and maritime history. Loves sharing the best of the Irish coast online. Contact me ann@coastmonkey.ie or follow me on Twitter @AnnRobinson22