|HMS Newcastle Factfile|
The current HMS Newcastle was laid down by Swan Hunter Ltd. of Wallsend on Tyne in February 1973. She is the eighth ship to bear this name. She was launched in 1975 and since then has seen service in all areas of the globe.
The current ship has just celebrated her 25th anniversary, and is the Royal Navy's longest serving type 42 Destroyer.
In 1998 HMS Newcastle visited Montserrat to assist the population, many of whom were still coming to terms with the devastation caused by the volcanic eruption.
In 1999 she was to be involved in the Gulf/Kosovo deployment, having the Ship's Company phoned and recalled on Boxing Day to escort HMS Invincible.
HMS Newcastle is bidding a final farewell to the people of Newcastle as she sails up the Tyne for a six day visit.
The ship sails up the river on Wednesday 22 September. As she passes through the piers at Tynemouth, the ship's company will be lining the decks. HMS Newcastle is due to arrive at Spillers Wharf on the Quayside at 8am.
During her stay on the river, the crew will take part in a number of special events including a parade through the city and a special reception at the Civic Centre.
|HMS Newcastle at sea|
The ship will be open for visitors from 10am until 4pm on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 September. And 20 members of the crew will join thousands of others for the Great North Run.
HMS Newcastle is the Royal Navy's longest serving Type 42 Destroyer. The ship was launched at Swan Hunter in Wallsend in April 1975, but is now due to be decommissioned.
She is the eighth ship to carry the name and has been involved in operations in the Atlantic and Mediterranean.
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