UK: Royal Navy Warship HMS Tyne to Support Waterfront Festival
Royal Navy warship HMS Tyne will go alongside Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) base HMS Cambria in Barry this Friday for the start of a four-day visit to Wales, where the River-class patrol ship will welcome visitors on board over the weekend.
She is visiting in support of the ever-popular Barry Waterfront Festival and is greatly looking forward to representing the Royal Navy at the event. The ship’s commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Will Peters, will host a reception and capability demonstration on board the ship for local and regional dignitaries that evening.
On Saturday, the ship will host a number of young officers and new entrants from the RNR unit Cambria but the real highlight for the ship’s company comes when they thrown open the gangway and invite local people to tour the ship.
The ship is open to the public on both Saturday and Sunday from 11am until 5pm and locals will get the opportunity to find out more about life on the ocean wave, and the career opportunities that exist in today’s Royal Navy.
Along with sister ships Mersey and Severn, HMS Tyne forms the backbone of the Fishery Protection Squadron, the oldest Squadron in the Royal Navy, which patrol English, Welsh and Northern Irish waters, enforcing EU and UK legislation designed to ensure the sustainability of fish stocks for the future. HMS Tyne spends 320 days at sea each year, whatever the weather, policing over 80,000 square miles of sea, up to 200 miles off the coast of the UK.
The ship’s commanding officer, Lt Cdr Peters said:
“We are always assured a warm welcome when we visit anywhere in Wales and it is an area we are thoroughly familiar with in an operational capacity.”
“I really do hope as many local people as possible can come along to the ship and have a look around. I know my crew are looking forward to showing them around this highly capable ship.”
Also on the Saturday night, the Royal Navy Presentation Team will be hosting an interactive and informative evening on board for invited guests, showcasing the relevance and capability of the Royal Navy both at home and around the world.
On Monday, the ship will slip her berth around 11.30am to return to her patrol.
Source: royalnavy, September 1, 2011;