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HMS Tyne (P281)
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HMS Tyne in 2009
Career (UK)
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, as of 2022
General characteristics
Class & type: River-class patrol vessel
Displacement: 1,677 tonnes
Length: 79.9 m
Beam: 13.6 m
Draught: 3.8 m
Installed power: 4,125 kW (5,532 hp) at 1,000 rpm
Propulsion: 2 × Ruston 12RK 270 diesel engines
Speed: 20 kn (37 km/h)
Range: 7,800 nautical miles (14,400 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
2 × Halmatic Jet Pacific 22 rigid inflatable boats
Complement: 30 (+ Royal Marine boarding party)
Armament: 1 × 20 mm British Manufacturing and Research Company (BMARC) KAA
2 × general purpose machine guns

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

Sailors from Tyne marching at Jersey Liberation Day celebrations, 2007


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 for the use of standard containers is fitted. The deck is also large enough to permit the transport of other craft such as oil spill recovery tractors and landing craft.


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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