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'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.