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.
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"Last season is fading from view in the rear-view mirror with bright skies ahead for the rest of the season."