Royal Navy ships heads to affiliate ‘home’

HMS Tyne, which is visiting the river Tyne and Mouth of the Tyne Festival.
HMS Tyne, which is visiting the river Tyne and Mouth of the Tyne Festival.

A Royal Navy patrol ship is heading to her affiliate region for a five-day stay.

HMS Tyne, a Portsmouth-based 80-metre River Class Patrol Ship, will sail into North Shields today (Wednesday) at 5pm.

My ship’s company and I are delighted to be sailing HMS Tyne into our affiliated town and to be playing a key part in the Mouth of The Tyne Festival

Lieutenant Commander Charles Barrow

Berthing at Western Quay, the offshore patrol vessel is visiting in support of the 11th annual Mouth of the Tyne Festival.

This year’s Festival features a full programme of live music, free street entertainment, dance and uniquely, an opportunity to look around one of the Royal Navy’s patrol ships, HMS Tyne.

The Festival concerts which occur on all three days of the weekend – Friday, Saturday and Sunday – and are expected to draw a large number of visitors, including members of the ship’s company, to see headline acts such as The Specials, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbot, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The James Taylor Quartet and The Christians.

The ship’s commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Charles Barrow will host a number of invited guests on board during the visit. The ship will also host tours for Cadets from local Sea Cadet Units and pupils from Christ Church School.

The highlight of HMS Tyne’s visit is on Saturday, July 11, when the ship opens her gangway to visitors from 10am until 4pm with last entry at 3pm.

Lieutenant Commander Barrow said: “My ship’s company and I are delighted to be sailing HMS Tyne into our affiliated town and to be playing a key part in the Mouth of The Tyne Festival.

“We are looking forward to welcoming visitors on board on Saturday and to giving them a unique insight into life in the Royal Navy, as well as the varied range of career opportunities that are available.”

A small number of the ship’s company will accompany Lieutenant Commander Barrow to Tynemouth Priory Castle on Saturday, July 11, to meet The Chairman of North Tyneside Councillor Gary Bell and other guests attending Saturday evening’s ‘The Specials’ concert.

Members of HMS Tyne’s ship’s company have also been invited to enjoy a summer picnic and a Music Concert hosted by the Mayor of North Tyneside Councillor Norma Redfearn on Sunday, July 12.

HMS Tyne sails on Monday, July 13, at approximately 10am.