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        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. Like younger sisters Severn and Mersey, she spends on average nine out of every ten days of the year at sea.

        HMS Tyne

        Our primary 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.


        Robert Laverty

        Lieutenant Commander
        HMS St Albans, HMS Iron Duke
        Military experience

        Robert joined the Navy in 1989 as a University Cadet and after one year of General Naval Training and Fleet Time he went up to Heriot- Watt University to read Economics. After graduating, he completed his fleet time in HMS Battleaxe. On completion of OOW course and a short holdover in HMS Chiddingfold, he went to HMS Dolphin to start Submarine training.

        His first complement appointment was as the Casing Officer in HMS Sovereign. He then returned to HMS Dolphin for the Intermediate Warfare Course prior to joining HMS Turbulent and subsequently HMS Sovereign as the Navigating Officer.

        He returned to the Submarine School at HMS Raleigh for the Advanced Warfare Course and was appointed to HMS Victorious as the Navigating and Operations Officer, however his joining was delayed by a short notice appointment to HMS Superb as a watch leader concurrent with the events of 9/11 East of Suez.

        He subsequently elected to follow a career path in the Surface Flotilla and after a period of re-familiarisation in HMS Lancaster attended the PWO course at HMS Collingwood. He then joined HMS ST Albans initially as the PWO(U) before taking over as the Operations Officer. The Command Team then moved across to HMS Iron Duke where he completed his first PWO appointment as the Operations Officer.

        He joined the United Kingdom Carrier Strike Group in 2008, initially as a Group Warfare Officer before moving into the N5 Plans role where he was responsible for the planning and execution of a number of multinational exercises, including acting as the lead planner for the AURIGA deployment. After this he began his first shore job, responsible for the Force Generation of Frigates and Destroyers ensuring their timely availability for deployment, this was initially in Navy Command but during his tenure the role developed and moved out to the Flotillas.
        Bob was delighted to take Command of HMS Tyne in May 2013.

        Married to Lisa and with a son, he lives in Hampshire. His interests currently centre around family life and the occasional sporting opportunity as time allows.




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        HMS Tyne open to public
        HMS Tyne open to public
        05 November 2013

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        Operation Fishery Protection

        CURRENT STATUS: active

        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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        Vessels Inspected Every Year


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        HMS Tyne HISTORY

        • The First Tyne

          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.

        • The Second Tyne

          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 during this commission. 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 service in the Baltic campaign of Crimean War.

        • The Fourth Tyne

          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 History

          In 1920 she sank at her mooring off Sheerness.

        • The Fifth Tyne

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

        • Ship History

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

        • Ship History

          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. 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 with the Fleet and Fleet Train. She remained with the British Pacific Fleet until August 1946.

        • Ship History

          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 History

          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 as the flagship of the Flag Officer, Second in Command. 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. HMS Tyne finally paid off in 1961, at Portsmouth, where she was placed in "Operational Reserve" and employed as a harbour accommodation ship. In July 1964, she was placed on the Disposal List and was eventually sold for scrap in 1972.

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