HMS Tyne (P281)

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For other ships with the same name, see HMS Tyne.
HMS Tyne Leads Other Severn Class Fishery Patrol Vessels During Exercise MOD 45152274.jpg
HMS Tyne on exercise in 2011
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Tyne
Operator: Royal Navy
Ordered: April 2001
Builder: Vosper Thornycroft
Launched: 27 April 2002
Commissioned: 4 July 2003
Homeport: Portsmouth
Identification: Pennant number: P281
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: River-class patrol vessel
Displacement: 1,700 tonnes[1]
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)
Endurance: 21 days
Boats & landing
craft carried:
Two rigid inflatable boats
Troops: 20
Complement: 30

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.

Operational history[edit]

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[2].

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[3].


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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