THE crew of HMS Tireless have paid their final visit to Rugby.
We reported earlier this month how the Royal Navy’s oldest nuclear submarine had been decommissioned after 30 years in service, bringing to an end an association that stretches back 70 years.
During the reception at the art gallery and museum last week Mayor Ramesh Srivastava presented Commander Hywel Griffiths with a replica of the William Webb Ellis statue, and in turn Mr Griffiths presented the Mayor with HMS Tireless’ battle honours board and a framed photograph of the submarine.
“The borough has taken great pride in its association over the years, and it was a fitting way to mark the end of an era and give the crew the borough’s best wishes for the future,” Coun Srivastava said.
The engines for both Navy submarines to carry the Tireless name, the first of which launched in 1943 and the second in 1984, were made in Rugby while the crew also hold the Freedom of the Borough.