Contributing to the UK’s maritime security is something the Royal Navy does day in, day out around the world

Lieutenantt Craig Clark, HMS Tyne’s Executive Officer

In August, Tyne accompanied the Minsk’s sister ship Alexander Shabalin as it headed in the opposite direction, bound for the Mediterranean.

The Ropucha class can carry ten tanks and nearly 350 troops – or a cargo of up to 500 tonnes – steaming along at a top speed of 17½ knots. They are armed with two twin 57mm guns.

“I am incredibly proud of the way our ship’s company reacted to this rapid activation – and with the professionalism they showed in this escort duty,” said Lt Craig Clark, Tyne’s Executive Officer (Second-in-Command).

“Contributing to the UK’s maritime security is something the Royal Navy does day in, day out around the world.

“HMS Tyne is an incredibly versatile ship, one which is ideally suited to operating around the UK and in European waters to support our security.”

Tyne is one of four River-class patrol ships, three – Tyne, Severn and Mersey – conduct fishery protection and other duties around the UK, while HMS Clyde is permanently deployed to the Falkland Islands.

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