HMS Tyne (P281)

HMS Tyne safeguards the UK’s fishing stocks. She is one of the busiest vessels in the Fleet, spending nine out of every ten days of the year at sea.

HMS Tyne is one of the three River-class patrol ships built to safeguard the fishing stocks. Her mission? To enforce national and EU fisheries legislation within British Fishery Limits. 

She is one of the busiest vessels in the Fleet, spending nine out of ten days at sea protecting our fisheries.

HMS Severn, Tyne and Mersey make up the Fishery Protection Squadron – the ‘Cod Squad’ – the oldest unit in the Royal Navy. 

Patrol boats like HMS Tyne contribute to a wide range of tasking from University Training through to protecting and patrolling in the Strait of Gibraltar. 

Facts & figures

Facts & figures

300 days

Out of 365 spent on Fishery Protection

400 vessels

Inspected by HMS Tyne per year on average

20+ knots

Top speed

Our skills

Our skills

UK Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Security – regularly covering from 55o N (South Shields) right down to the Bay of Biscay.

Meeting the public at events across the UK – more UK ports are open to River-class ships than their larger cousins the T23 or T45. So HMS Tyne regularly flies the flag in these less well-visited areas.

Providing a training platform for navigation courses – the crew was directly responsible for facilitating the training and assessment of 27 newly qualified RN Navigators in 2017 alone.

Escorting foreign warships through the UK area of influence – HMS Tyne pent 85 days in 2017 escorting warships through UK waters from Russia, China and Algeria.

Our operations

Current operation

Fishery Protection

United Kingdom

Protecting the British fishing industry and safeguarding the nation's fishing stocks.

Our base

Our base

United Kingdom

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Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Commander Richard Skelton

Rich Skelton joined the Royal Navy in 2005 after reading Mechanical Engineering at the University of Newcastle. Various deployments include HMS Ramsey, HMS St Albans and more recently HMS Clyde in which he was the Commanding Officer for her final months as the Falkland Islands patrol vessel.


HMS Tyne's role

Fishery protection is HMS Tyne’s primary mission. In fact, she spends over 300 out of 365 days every year out at sea.

She has a dedicated crew of just 43, who split into 3 watches and head out on patrol in excess of 300 days every year. Together, they safeguard fish stocks from South Shields to the Bay of Biscay.

However, safeguarding fish stocks isn’t all all her crew get up to. They also carry our number of other tasks including environmental protection, search and rescue and maritime security.



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