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Five years ago I rented an idyllic fisherman’s cottage in the quaint Devon village of Appledore. With three decent pubs a great fish and chip shop it was exactly what I expected for a relaxing break. However somehow invisible to this tranquillity there is a busy shipbuilding yard where Babcock has just won a further contract for an additional OPV for the Irish Navy. This will be the fourth of the same class and secures work for over 280 people for at least another two years. With the market for OPV’s being so buoyant (sorry), what further opportunities may come for this British shipbuilder clearly able to export?


Quaint village or

Idyllic fishing village with a big shipbuilding secret