ROYAL Navy warship Defender, the fifth of six Type 45 destroyers, will berth at Northumbria Quay in North Shields this weekend.
The visit is the ship’s first visit to a non-naval port.
Defender is due to be commissioned into the Royal Navy on March 21 at Portsmouth naval base, when she will become HMS Defender.
Her visit will be followed next week by the arrival into North Shields of sister ship HMS Dauntless.
Dauntless will be alongside for five days and unlike Defender, will be open to visit by the general public.
Defender has been undergoing a period of intensive trials and training off the south coast in preparation for future deployments.