Foreign sailors take command of Portsmouth’s HMS Tyne for the first time

Proud members of the ship's company watch as the giant warship inches her way to sea for the first time. From left, Able Seaman (AB) Natasha Elford, AB Layton Toward and AB Richard Mead

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FOREIGN sailors have been taking the controls of a Portsmouth-based warship for the first time.

HMS Tyne gave nine junior officers from navies around the world the chance to command the 1,800-tonne warship in a series of testing exercises.

The students were put through their paces on the course – run by HMS Collingwood – tackling everything from fires and dealing with breakdowns, to SOS calls and navigating busy waters.

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