VESSELS helping to nurture the next generation of Royal Navy recruits made a call to South Tyneside ahead of their pending adventure.
HMS Example and HMS Explorer docked in the waters near to the Customs House, South Shields, after calling to the borough to undergo repair work.
The patrol boats are used to train university graduates looking to embark on a career in the Royal Navy.
At times they are also used to support larger vessels on operational duties.
Yesterday, Commanding Officer Tom Harrison - one of the Royal Navy’s youngest-ever captains at 26 years old - welcomed the Deputy Mayor of South Tyneside Richard Porthouse on board to take a look around and find out more about what the patrol boats.