HMS Tireless stood down from search for missing Malaysian plane

The Plymouth-based Royal Navy submarine has concluded its contribution to the search for the signal from the black box of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

Commander "proud" of Tireless role in search

I am proud of the part HMS Tireless has played in the operation to find MH370.

The only submarine participating, Tireless, with her advanced underwater search capability, is ideally suited to this challenging task.

Overcoming some of the most inhospitable sea conditions ever experienced by my crew, we searched 7,000 square nautical miles in a 16-day period.

I am also very proud of the professionalism and enthusiasm of my ship’s company.

My highly trained and experienced young team of sonar operators were key to this operation, supported by the steadfast commitment of the remainder of my team, some in their very first months at sea.

– Commanding officer of HMS Tireless, Commander R Hywel Griffiths,

Plymouth submarine HMS Tireless stood down

HMS Tireless played an important role in the hunt for the black box signal of the missing plane. Credit: Royal Navy

The Royal Navy submarine HMS Tireless has been stood down in its search for the missing plane.

Working alongside the survey ship HMS Echo, Tireless played an important role in the hunt for the black box signal by using her specialist sonar capabilities.

But, with the Australian command assessing that there is no prospect of further acoustic detections associated with the aircraft black boxes, the Plymouth-based submarine is no longer required.

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