VIDEO: NATO minesweepers arrive in Sunderland

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FOUR NATO warships are taking a break on Wearside.

A Task Group, comprised of Belgian vessel BNS Bellis and Dutch vessels HNLMS Vlaardingen, HNLMS Urk and HNLMS Schiedam, will be docked at Jubilee Quay until Monday to allow crew a rest period after mine sweeping and detecting exercises in Scotland.

The Port of Sunderland's Jubilee Quay is providing a convenient place to park up four Nato warships from the Mine Countermeasures Squadron while the crews enjoy a well-earned rest.

The Port of Sunderland's Jubilee Quay is providing a convenient place to park up four Nato warships from the Mine Countermeasures Squadron while the crews enjoy a well-earned rest.

Although the port has played host to individual NATO vessels before, it is believed this is the first time a group has been moored up together.

Capt Lex Van Der Krann, of the HNLMS Schiedam, is looking forward to his first visit to Wearside.

“We will definitely have time to see some of the city,” he said.