The Commanding Officer of HMS Tyne says there is no better feeling than taking the vessel to the River that bears its name. Lt Commander Robert Laverty says coming to Tyneside is like a homecoming.
The Royal Navy's HMS Tyne is returning to North Shields today (Thursday 10th July).
The ship is affiliated to Tynemouth and is going to support the Mouth of the Tyne Festival. She can be boarded by members of the public on Sunday (13th June).
HMS Tyne docked in her home river today for a five day visit.
The offshore patrol vessel is used for maritime security around the UK coast. As well as boarding fishing vessels and checking on catches, it's recently been involved in salvage work and last week responded to a mayday from a French fishing boat.
The officers say the 35-strong crew always look forward to rest time in her home port.
Lieutenant John Paul Fitzgibbon, second in command of HMS Tyne, spoke about the visit.