The Plymouth-based vessel is making a goodwill visit to Southampton. Schoolchildren and local dignitaries are among those who will have a chance to go onboard. HMS Tireless is due to arrive at the city's Eastern Docks at around 3.30pm on Wednesday.** The nuclear powered vessel will be at the docks until Tuesday 6th March.
The vessel's Commanding Officer, Commander Hywel Griffiths was a pupil at Peter Symonds College in Winchester when he was growing up and said:
** "Having completed my secondary education and worked in the local *area prior to joining the Royal Navy, it is with immense personal pride that I bring HMS Tireless to *Southampton under my command.**
"It is a welcome opportunity for my ship's company to meet people and visit the city of Southampton **and for local people to visit us so that we may demonstrate how we are engaged day-to-day in ***protecting our nation's interests."*
HMS Tireless returned from what was the longest Royal Navy deployment of a submarine in recent history. She spent ten month in the Middle East carrying out **covert missions supporting ***counter-terrorism, counter narcotics and counter-piracy operations.*
Southampton City Council said it does have an emergency response plan in place for the visit of a nuclear submarine as a precautionary measure should any 'highly unlikely' related emergency occur.