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Tyne celebration for Ark Royal

HMS Ark Royal has berthed in North Tyneside for anniversary celebrations on the river where it was built.

The Royal Navy's flagship vessel had its keel first laid down at the Swan Hunter shipyard in Wallsend in 1978 and was launched by the Queen Mother.

The 20,000-tonne warship berthed at Northumbria Quay on Thursday in North Shields for a five-day visit.

The aircraft carrier can be deployed anywhere in the world to support a wide range of missions.

It is the second time it has visited Tyneside in 12 months.

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