HMS Tyne escorted Russian ship Perekop through the English Channel on Christmas Day.
The Perekop is a Smolnyy class training ship.
HMS Tyne is one of the three Batch 1 River class patrol ships originally built to safeguard the fishing stocks. According to the Royal Navy, she is one of the busiest vessels in the Fleet, spending nine out of ten days at sea protecting fisheries and carrying out patrols.
Earlier in the year, HMS Tyne monitored a Russian frigate as it passed through the English Channel, while last year, HMS Mersey returned from a 48,000-mile deployment where she played a key part in a £12 million drugs bust off the coast of Nicaragua.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:
“I am grateful for the efforts of the crew of HMS Tyne, who have sailed on Christmas Eve, helping to safeguard our seas. This is yet another clear example of the tireless efforts of our armed forces, as they continue their tireless efforts to defend our country and our interests across the world.”
Interestingly, the vessel had been decommisioned last year, with Tyne’s decommissioning ceremony taking place in Portsmouth on the 24th of May 2018.
However, this was short lived as Tyne was recommissioned on the 25th of July 2018 due to construction issues delaying the entry of HMS Forth into service. Further, on the 22nd of November 2018, then Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, announced that three Batch 1 River Class ships (including HMS Tyne) would be retained in service and ‘forward operated’ from their affiliated ports in an effort to boost numbers.
According to the vessels Twitter account, the ship is back in Portsmouth now but remains ready to sail at very short notice.