CREW members from Newcastle’s adopted warship HMS Dauntless took part in a special parade through the city.
The Royal Navy’s most technologically advanced warship docked in the region on Friday for her first engagement in the area since her inaugural visit to her affiliated city in April 2010.
The 7,300-tonne Type 45 destroyer, and her crew of around 150 arrived at Northumbrian Quay in North Shields for a five-day visit and a packed programme of events.
Yesterday, crew members took part in a Ship’s Company Review, which saw them marching along Ceremonial Way to Newcastle Civic Centre, with music provided by Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band.
The parade, which was followed by a civic reception, wasn’t the only highlight yesterday. Members of the public were also invited on board the 152-metre warship.
Commander Adrian Fryer, the commanding officer of HMS Dauntless, said: “We are lucky enough to enjoy a great level of interest and support from our affiliates in and around the North East.
“It is a real pleasure to be able to bring such an advanced warship home to interact with locals, our friends and affiliates in the area.”
During their visit, the ship’s company got the chance to meet people associated with some of their affiliate organisations, including the Percy Hedley Federation and the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
The ship’s crew will also be giving tours to a number of local schools, sea and combined forces cadets and other youth groups in the region.
Tonight, Commander Fryer will host an official reception for 120 guests, including the senior naval officer in Northern England, Commodore Dickie Baum, on the ship, with the Royal Marines Band playing.
The ship will slip her berth at around 10am on Tuesday to return to sea and her next operational duties.
HMS Dauntless is part of the most powerful destroyer class ever built in the UK and one of the most advanced warships in the world. She is equipped with a state-of-the- art air defence system able to track and destroy a target the size of a cricket ball that is travelling at three times the speed of sound.
The second of the Type 45 destroyers, she joined the fleet in November 2010, shortly after being the first to fire the new Sea Viper missile.
Almost two years later, she returned to her home base of Portsmouth in October 2012 after her maiden deployment to the Atlantic, where she notched up 30,000 miles visiting 18 countries across four continents.
HMS Dauntless is part of the most powerful destroyer class ever built in the UK