Nuclear sub is decommissioned at Devonport

A ceremony has taken place in Plymouth to mark the decommissioning of HMS Tireless. The nuclear-powered submarine holds the record for the longest submarine deployment, ten months away from base.

Cutting the cake for a 30-year-old submarine

Cdr Hywel Griffiths cuts a cake to mark the decommissioning of HMS Tireless after 30 years Credit: ITV News West Country

The formal decommissioning of the nuclear-powered submarine, HMS Tireless, has taken place at Devonport.

At 30-years-old, she's Britain's longest serving submarine so, HAD to have her own cake. The vessel's Commanding Officer, Commander Hywel Griffiths, did the honours.

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HMS Tireless bows out - to the tune of Mr Blue Sky

The Royal Navy stands on ceremony in Plymouth as it bids farewell to HMS Tireless Credit: ITV News West Country

A service is being held to mark the decommissioning of HMS Tireless, Britain's longest serving submarine. The Royal Marines band has just played Mr Blue Sky during the inspection of the ship's company.

HMS Tireless returns home after helping with the search for the lost Malaysian airliner Credit: Royal Navy

The nuclear-powered submarine returned to Devonport for the last time two weeks ago after helping in the search for the missing Malaysian airliner off Australia.

The 30-year-old boat holds the record for the longest submarine deployment: ten months away from base.