Dutch ‘space age’ warship docks in the Tyne

NLNS Holland arrives at the River Tyne.

NLNS Holland arrives at the River Tyne.

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A DUTCH warship was seen for the first time outside her own waters when she visited the Tyne on Friday.

NLNS Holland is so newly commissioned that it is believed no photographs of her yet exist outside those taken by its own naval chiefs.

She is described as ‘space age’, with a future mission to protect European fishing stocks in co-operation with UK forces.

The 108m-long, near 4,000-tonne vessel docked at Northumbrian Quay in North Shields on Friday for a three-day visit.

Lieutenant Commander Charles Wood MBE, the Royal Navy’s regional liaison officer, said: “We are delighted to see her at the Port of Tyne.”