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Thursday 10th March 2016

William Butler Yates undocks

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William Butler Yates leaving shipyard for fitting out berth Norman Hardaker

William Butler Yates has successfully floated out from the Babcock Appledore shipyard this morning at first light. She is a 90 metre fast patrol vessel for the Irish Navy and is the third in the series.

She floated as expected with no list and a good trim as per the naval architects expectations

TDC Pilots aboard conducted the ship with two tugs - the Will Endeavour and the newly re engined Lundy Puffin in calm conditions after yesterdays gales.

The now well practiced event went very smoothly, and the ship once again is a credit to the shipbuilders being in well advanced state of completion. Wind was a convenient North North East direction and light.

She will complete fitting out until June builder's trials.

The ship's crew consisted of shipyard employees.