HMS Tyne Goes Home For The Last Time

HMS Tyne visited North Shields one last time before being decommissioned.

HMS Tyne has paid a final visit to the river that bears her name in North Shields before she is decommissioned. 

During her 15 years of service she has:

  • Travelled more than the distance to the moon and back - or 21 times around the world

  • Used 16 Olympic swimming pools worth of fuel

  • Visited 26 different countries

  • And her chefs have served up 728 fish Fridays

Lieutenant Thomas Jackson, HMS Tyne
Lieutenant Thomas Jackson, HMS Tyne's navigator

Over the last 16 years, she has visited North Shields 24 times and developed a strong bond with the place.

Lieutenant Thomas Jackson, HMS Tyne's navigator, said: “I think certainly one of the defining memories will be bringing her in here for a final entry into the river that bears her name so that’s one of the memories I will take away from this.”

HMS Tyne and three other Batch 1 vessels will be replaced by the new Batch 2 River-class offshore patrol vessels: HMS Forth, Medway, Trent, Tamar and Spey. 

The five new state-of-the-art Royal Navy vessels are designed for counter-piracy, anti-smuggling, fishery protection, border patrol, counter-terrorism and maritime defence duties.

They can spend 320 days a year on operations.