County ship crew given a reception

Members of the ship’s company of the county’s adopted ship HMS Northumberland visited Morpeth on Saturday.

Forty members of the crew met with councillors from Northumberland County Council for a small civic reception held to welcome them back to the county.

Coun Kath Nisbet, civic head at the local authority, said: “It was fantastic to meet the men and women working on HMS Northumberland, many of whom originate or have links with the north east.

“The reception reaffirmed close ties with the ship and was a way of saying thank you to members of the crew for their valuable work in protecting home and foreign shores.”

HMS Northumberland was berthed at the Port of Tyne during the visit.

She recently returned from a seven-month deployment to the Middle East and east coast of Africa, where she was engaged in counter-piracy and counter-narcotic operations.

She was one of the Navy’s two frigates supporting the 2012 Cougar deployment to the Mediterranean last year, and most recently represented the Royal Navy at the prestigious Bournemouth Air Festival.

She is affiliated to Northumberland County Council, Morpeth Pipe Band, The Light Dragoons and TS Tenacity Sea Cadets to name but a few and was launched at Swan Hunter in Wallsend on April 1992.