HMS Tyne (P281)
HMS Tyne on exercise in 2011
|Launched:||27 April 2002|
|Commissioned:||4 July 2003|
|Identification:||Pennant number: P281|
|Status:||in active service|
|Class and type:||River-class patrol vessel|
|Length:||79.5 m (260 ft 10 in)|
|Beam:||13.5 m (44 ft 3 in)|
|Draught:||3.8 m (12 ft 6 in)|
|Installed power:||4,125 kW (5,532 hp) at 1,000 rpm|
|Propulsion:||Two Ruston 12RK 270 diesel engines|
|Speed:||20 kn (37 km/h)|
|Range:||5,500 nmi (10,200 km)|
|Boats & landing
|Two rigid inflatable boats|
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 is fitted, to enable standard containers to be used. The deck is also large enough to permit the transport of other craft such as oil spill recovery tractors and landing craft.
Aside from her day to day fishery protection duties, Tyne has occasionally been called upon to undertake escort roles in the UK Area of Interest, two such examples occurred in the autumn of 2016 when Tyne was twice assigned to escort Russian warships through the English Channel.
In March 2017 it was announced that Tyne would be manned by personnel usually assigned to Hunt Class MCMVs; this would allow her crew to transfer to the Batch 2 River Class HMS Forth in build in Glasgow.
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.
- BAE Systems Offshore Patrol Vessels, baesystems.com, Retrieved 8 June 2014