Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Northumberland formally rejoined the fleet in a rededication ceremony held at Whitehill Point Jetty in the Port of Tyne on July 6.
In an unusual setting because ships are usually rededicated in their home ports, the location allowed more of the ship’s affiliates to attend the ceremony. Special guests of honor included the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland and the ship’s sponsor Lady Anne Kerr.
The frigate returns to duties after undergoing a major overhaul which saw the ship receive the new Sea Ceptor missile system, a new command and control system and four new diesel generators and associated upgraded power distribution.
The ship’s commanding officer, Commander Alexandra Pollard, thanked the people of the north east for their welcome: “It is really important to us to be here today to strengthen our affiliations with the north east. Built on the Tyne it is good to see so many of our affiliates here.
“These links are important to us and it’s a really momentous day in our history. We have received a warm and generous welcome and I know that the ship’s company are looking forward to getting out to visit Newcastle.
The ship opened her doors to visitors over the weekend and despite a certain football game they welcomed over 1,500 people on board for a look round the newly refitted frigate.