PICTURE SPECIAL: Dutch submarine visits the Tyne

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A VISITOR of real sub-stance sailed into the Tyne over the Easter weekend.

The Royal Netherlands Navy submarine Walrus drew crowds to the river as it arrived in the North East yesterday.

The 68m long submarine is spending four days at the Port of Tyne’s Northumbrian Quay while her 50-strong crew enjoy time in the region.

Many South Tynesiders gathered at the seafront to see the Walrus surface just outside the piers before being guided up the river by Port pilots.

HNLMS Walrus is the first submarine to visit Northumbrian Quay in 10 years.

Mike Nicholson, Port of Tyne Harbour Master, said: “The Port regularly welcomes visiting naval vessels, which both add vibrancy to the riverscape and of course make a positive contribution to the local economy.”

The Royal Netherlands Navy has recently finished a large tactical exercise which has seen a spate of visits to UK ports.

The submarine will not be open to the public during her stay on the Tyne, and is expected to depart at 11am on Monday.

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