Search for MH370

Survey ship HMS Echo and submarine HMS Tireless searched vast areas of ocean in the international hunt to find missing Malaysian airliner MH370.

Britain – through the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force – contributed to the Australian-led search for the missing Malaysian airliner MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean.

Following a request by the Malaysian authorities for support from the Royal Navy, the survey ship HMS Echo was diverted from her patrol in the Indian Ocean, and the nuclear submarine HMS Tireless was also re-tasked to help in the search.

Working alongside ships and aircraft from seven other nations, the two Royal Navy vessels searched for the black box flight recorder from missing MH370.

What we are doing

Searching for the missing Malaysian airliner MH370

Why we are there

Assisting in the international effort

My ship’s company are working 24/7 to find MH370. They are young, bright and enthusiastic and will step up to every challenge in the search for the missing aircraft. I am immensely proud of them.

Cdr Phillip Newell, Commanding Officer HMS Echo

Commanding Officer Phillip Newell

Rank: Commander

Cdr Phillip Newell joined the Royal Navy as a direct graduate entry Warfare Officer in 1992. He assumed command of HMS Echo in December 2013, his third Sea Command.

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International partnerships

As the fifth largest economy in the world, the UK has responsibilities towards its allies and partners. But Britain also has global ambitions – namely to protect the seaways underpinning the country’s prosperity. The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in fostering these enduring and lasting alliances with other nations.

Providing humanitarian assistance

When natural or man-made disasters occur, a country’s infrastructure and resources can be crippled. With loss of electricity, shortage of food and water supplies, and human lives at risk – responding to such life-threatening scenarios is central to the Royal Navy’s ethos. Because we have the skills, equipment and know-how to go anywhere, regardless of potential damage to local infrastructure.

Location Southern Indian Ocean

Southern Indian Ocean

HMS Echo

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