HMS Tireless

HMS Tireless

HMS Tireless is over 25 years old but still playing a vital role in the front-line Fleet. She was launched on 17 March 1984, so she has been plying her trade in the Royal Navy for more than a quarter of a century.

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A lengthy overhaul of her propulsion, weapons systems and sensors put her in good shape for the gruelling programme of training and trials which followed.

In 2011, she spent ten months on deployment to the Middle East; the trip to support British interests in the region demonstrates how far the T-boats have evolved from their original primary role as Cold War attack submarines.

On the 19th June 2014 HMS Tireless was decommissioned after nearly 30 years service at an emotional service in HM Naval base Devonport.

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HMS Tireless leaves active service


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Unit History

The First Tireless1943

The first was launched on 19 March 1943 and completed on 18 April 1945. By the time she had worked up and sailed to Hong Kong it was November and the war was long over.

Travelling the World1946

In 1946, she took part in numerous exercises in the Far East making visits to Australia and Japan before returning to the UK in October, spending most of her subsequent career in European waters.


She was sold in September 1968 and broken for scrap in Newport later that year.

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Commanding Officer Hywel Griffiths

Rank: Commander

Cdr Hywel Griffiths joined the Royal Navy in 1992. He assumed command of HMS Tireless in January 2012.

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Launched on 17 March 1984. Decommissioned 19th June 2014

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