HMS Tyne

HMS Tyne is the first of a trio of River-class patrol ships built to safeguard the fishing stocks in UK.  The ship is one of the busiest in the Fleet as she spends on average nine out of every ten days of the year at sea.

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Her main role is enforcement of national and EU fisheries legislation within British Fishery Limits. 

Tyne has also been designed to carry out a number of other tasks including – but not limited to – environmental protection, search and rescue and maritime security.  

With a crew of just 42, split into 3 watches, the ship is able to patrol for in excess of 300 days per year.

Designed to take over from the veteran Island-class boats, HMS Tyne was built in Woolston Docks, Southampton and is based at HM Naval Base Portsmouth.  

She is the sixth ship to bear the name Tyne in the Royal Navy.

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Current operation Fishery Protection squadron

River-class ships inspect fishing vessels operating up to 200 miles off the UK’s coastline.  Their task is to enforce UK and EU regulations designed to preserve fish stocks for future generations.  The Royal Navy operates on behalf of the Marine Management Organisation.

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    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base

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Unit History

The First Tyne1814

The first HMS Tyne was a 28-gun 6th rate launched at Topsham. In 1823 her boats captured the pirate schooner Zaragozana in the Bahamas. She was sold in 1825.

The Second Tyne1826

The second HMS Tyne was a 28-gun 6th rate launched at Woolwich in 1826. She saw service in North American waters, then transferred to the South America station, sailing more than 82,000 miles.

The Second Tyne1826

Her last three commissions were spent in the Mediterranean before she was hulked at Devonport as a provision storeship. In 1854-55 she earned her first battle honour for the Crimean War.

The Third Tyne1867

In 1845 the 36-gun fifth rate HMS Active was launched. In July 1867 she was renamed HMS Tyne and again to HMS Durham in November in the same year. She was sold in 1908.

The Fourth Tyne1909

The fourth HMS Tyne was the Moss Line Merchant ship SS Mariotis, purchased for completion as a troopship and store carrier. In 1909 she became the Depot ship for the torpedo boat destroyer flotilla.

Ship History1920

In 1920 she sank at her mooring off Sheerness.

The Fifth Tyne1938

The fifth HMS Tyne was laid down in 1938 as a destroyer depot ship. She was launched in 1940.


She became the flagship of Rear Admiral (Destroyers), Home Fleet until 1944, when she left Scapa for her first refit since commissioning.

British Pacific Fleet1945

After a work-up at Scapa, HMS Tyne sailed for Ceylon and arrived at Trincomalee in December to join the Fleet Train, as the flagship of Rear Admiral (D), British Pacific Fleet.

San Pedro Bay1946

She arrived at San Pedro Bay at the beginning of April and remained until the end of May, supporting the 18 destroyers and seven sloops and frigates. She remained with the British Pacific Fleet until August.

Ship History1950

After a refit at Devonport, she returned to service in 1950, joining the Mediterranean Fleet as the flagship of Flag Officer Flotillas, and remained until 1953, when she withdrew to Hong Kong.

Ship History1954

In 1954 she was refitted and converted for use as the flagship of the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet, who flew his flag in her until August 1956, when she was attached to the Mediterranean Fleet.

Ship History1954

She returned to Portsmouth in 1957 and was refitted and re-commissioned as the Home Fleet flagship, serving also as the depot ship for the Second Submarine Squadron.

Ship History1961

HMS Tyne finally paid off in 1961, at Portsmouth, where she was placed in operational reserve and employed as a harbour accommodation ship. She was eventually sold for scrap in 1972.

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