British Royal Navy re-dedicates HMS Northumberland to service

12 July 2018 (Last Updated July 12th, 2018 11:40)

The British Royal Navy's Duke-class Type 23 guided missile frigate HMS Northumberland has been returned to the fleet during a rededication service at Whitehill Point Jetty in the Port of Tyne, England.

British Royal Navy re-dedicates HMS Northumberland to service
HMS Northumberland. Credit: Royal Navy.

The British Royal Navy’s Duke-class Type 23 guided missile frigate HMS Northumberland has been returned to the fleet during a re-dedication service at Whitehill Point Jetty in the Port of Tyne, England.

The ceremony was conducted at the Port of Tyne in order to allow a greater number of the ship’s affiliates to attend the service.

HMS Northumberland commanding officer commander Alexandra Pollard said: “It is really important to us to be here today to strengthen our affiliations with the north-east.

"HMS Northumberland is a reliable workhorse to the fleet, and as we leave Newcastle we now prepare to move forward to our operational training."

“Built on the Tyne, it is good to see so many of our affiliates here. These links are important to us and it’s a really momentous day in our history.

“We have received a warm and generous welcome, and I know that the ship’s company are looking forward to getting out to visit Newcastle.

“HMS Northumberland is a reliable workhorse to the fleet, and as we leave Newcastle we now prepare to move forward to our operational training.”

HMS Northumberland previously returned to service in October last year following a major upgrade project by shipbuilding firm Babcock, which included the integration of the new Sea Ceptor missile system on-board the frigate, as well as a new command and control system and four new diesel generators, reported Naval Today.

The vessel was originally constructed by UK-based shipbuilding company Swan Hunter.

It was initially launched on 4 April 1992 before being commissioned into service with the navy on 29 November 1994.