Having completed a successful three months of Maritime Security and Marine Enforcement tasking since leaving refit earlier this year, HMS Tyne came alongside in the River Tyne to visit her affiliated port of North Shields. Arriving early in the morning on Saturday 13 July, it was a unique opportunity for the ship and her crew to visit the town during an important local festival.
During the weekend of the Mouth of the Tyne festival HMS Tyne opened her gangway to visitors for two gloriously sunny days in North Shields.
Over 1500 people took advantage of the unique opportunity to step onboard one of the most versatile and modern warships in the Royal Navy (RN).
Whilst onboard visitors were able to tour the vessel, looking at the bridge, fire fighting equipment and weaponry whilst learning about her capabilities and the important role that the RN performs at sea every day.
HMS Tyne hosted many visitors throughout the week including the local Royal Naval Reserve Unit, the Royal British Legion, Sea Cadets as well as several local schools and charities.
On her final evening in port the ship once again played host to the local council and other guests who were able to enjoy a ceremonial sunset and refreshments on the Cargo Deck.
This was a highly enjoyable visit for the ship and her crew who relished the rare opportunity to demonstrate their jobs to the people of their affiliated town.
Lt Cdr Bob Laverty the Commanding Officer of HMS Tyne stated:
“This was a successful visit for Tyne and the city of North Shields with everyone enjoying the opportunity to visit the ship and see how we go about our daily business protecting the UK’s Territorial Waters.
“The ship’s company were in full agreement that the Mouth of the Tyne festival gets better each year, and it is hoped that HMS Tyne will be able to represent the RN at the event for many years to come.”
Press Release, July 30, 2013; Image: Royal Navy