It’s important to remember the efforts of HMS Tyne

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Royal Navy warships are never far from the pages of this publication, and rightly so.

As the home of the navy we have lots to showcase when it comes down to the efforts of the senior service around the world.

At this very moment, ships which are based in Portsmouth are on operations around the globe, protecting our nation’s interests and flying the flag for the country.

But perhaps lesser known is the work of HMS Tyne, and the other patrol ships which make up the Fishery Protection Squadron.

You may be surprised to learn from our Agenda spread on pages eight and nine today that these ships are some of the busiest in the entire Royal Navy fleet.

In fact they can spend more than 330 days of the year at sea.

Pretty impressive when you consider they have such a lean crew — generally only around 42 servicemen and women keep the ship running.

And they do not rest on their laurels, either.

Our defence correspondent Sam Bannister went to sea for a weekend with the crew of HMS Tyne to produce the piece we have run today.

It is a fascinating insight into the work of the fishery unit, which carries out this vital role up and down the coastline all year round.

Their efforts may not be as well publicised as the work done by the Royal Navy in the Gulf to keep sea lanes open, or in the Mediterranean disrupting the supply of illegal narcotics.

But clearly it is a vital task, and one the sailors are proud to complete.

So as we ease back into another week of work, and look forward to another weekend at the end of it, let’s spare a thought for the crew of HMS Tyne.

They will be away from their families —not too far, but still at sea carrying out their duties.

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