With two OPV's due to be retired within the coming years, what will happen to them after they are retired?
My sister and her family visited a NS ship during a recent open day and were informed that the two OPV's will be
A. Donated (sold?) to Somalia for pirate patrols,
B. Sunk and used as diving wrecks.
Now while I agree with helping Somalia fight pirates, I dont agree with sinking one or both of the OPV's to be
used as a diving wrecks?!
What I would suggest to the Minister is as follows -
A. Donate one OPV to Somalia
B. Retain one OPV to be used as a floating museum/tourist attraction
(as in the case of HMS Belfast on the Thames in London, or various similar 'museum ships/submarines' I visited
in Sydney and Melbourne in 2004).
My 2 cents.