HMS Tyne (P281)
HMS Tyne in 2009
|Launched:||27 April 2002|
|Commissioned:||4 July 2003|
|Identification:||Pennant number: P281|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2013[update]|
|Class & type:||River-class patrol vessel|
|Installed power:||4,125 kW (5,532 hp) at 1,000 rpm|
|Propulsion:||2 × Ruston 12RK 270 diesel engines|
|Speed:||20 kn (37 km/h)|
|Range:||7,800 nautical miles (14,400 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)|
|Boats & landing
|2 × Halmatic Jet Pacific 22 rigid inflatable boats|
|Complement:||30 (+ Royal Marine boarding party)|
|Armament:||1 × 20 mm British Manufacturing and Research Company (BMARC) KAA
2 × general purpose machine guns
HMS Tyne is the sixth Royal Navy ship to carry the name Tyne. She is a River-class offshore patrol vessel built by Vosper Thornycroft in Southampton to serve as a fishery protection unit within the United Kingdom's waters along with her two sister ships Mersey and Severn. All three were commissioned into service in 2003 to replace the five older Island-class patrol vessels.
Tyne was featured in the first episode of the BBC series Empire of the Seas, "How the Navy Forged the Modern World, Heart of Oak", presented by Dan Snow
The ships have large working decks to allow the vessels to cope in several roles, such as disaster relief, fire fighting, rescue work, and interception of other vessels. For this purpose a crane capable of lifting 25 tonnes for the use of standard containers is fitted. The deck is also large enough to permit the transport of other craft such as oil spill recovery tractors and landing craft.
Her affiliations include North Tyneside Council, St Catherines Primary School, Hadrian Special Needs Primary School, TS Caledonia (Peterhead Sea Cadets unit), TS Tyne (Newburn Sea Cadets unit), and the Worshipful Company of Butchers.
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