Affiliated vessel ready for a return

HMS Tyne which is returning to North Shields for a week-long visit.
HMS Tyne which is returning to North Shields for a week-long visit.

Royal Navy warship HMS Tyne is heading back to North Shields as part of a week-long visit to her affiliate region.

She will be docked alongside the Western Quay after arriving at 7am on Saturday, and will be supporting the Mouth of the Tyne Festival as part of the visit.

The ship’s commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Robert Laverty, will host several receptions on board for local and regional dignitaries.

Members of the public will be able to go onto the ship, with short tours taking place from 10am to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Lt Cdr Laverty said: “We are thoroughly looking forward to visiting our affiliated town of Tynemouth and supporting the festival. We have strong connections with the north east and look forward to welcoming as many people as possible onboard.”

One of HMS Tyne’s roles is to act as a patrol vessel and secure Britain’s fish stocks. On display will be the fast boats used to intercept fishing vessels suspected of breaking EU Laws, equipment used to measure fishing nets and charts displaying the different types of fish to be found in UK waters.