A BRITISH submarine has returned to Gibraltar after being withdrawn from the search for the missing Malaysian passenger jet in the Indian Ocean.
HMS Tireless, which has specialist sonar capabilities, was withdrawn from the hunt for flight MH370 along with Royal Navy survey ship HMS Echo last week.
The vessel has undergone minor repairs while docked in Gibraltar.
Australian authorities decided there is no prospect of further acoustic detection of the black box, after the aeroplane disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board, triggering an international search operation.
“The search for the black-box signal has been an extremely challenging operation and, while we all hoped for a faster and more conclusive result, I am very proud of the contribution British forces have been able to make,” said Defence Secretary Philip Hammond.
“The operation is now moving into a new phase, requiring different capabilities.”