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Whereas the vessel was docked in Georgia, United States for upkeep. An officer reportedly staggered onto the nuclear-armed submarine drunk holding a bag of leftover barbecue rooster.
A Royal Navy officer has been despatched residence from the US and positioned beneath investigation after reporting to take command of a submarine’s Trident nuclear missiles whereas drunk, the Scottish Solar reported.
Lt Cdr Len Louw has now been positioned beneath an inquiry at Faslane naval base in Scotland after colleagues raised considerations that he had been ingesting.
In accordance with the report, co-workers reported the submariner’s behaviour as “staggering drunk” when the weapons engineering officer arrived for work on HMS Vigilant final month.
A BBC report claimed that the officer was ingesting the earlier evening carried a bag of leftover rooster from a barbecue for his lunch into the vessel.
“An investigation is beneath method due to this fact it might be inappropriate to remark additional”, a Royal Navy spokesman mentioned.
The spokesman mentioned that when a person’s conduct “falls in need of the excessive requirements we count on, we cannot hesitate to take the suitable motion”.
“Whereas we do not touch upon the element, there are quite a few security checks and processes to guard the protection and use of weapons aboard all submarines”, he added.
The weapons engineering officer is answerable for overseeing the weapons and sensors onboard the ship.
The £3bn vessel is one in every of Britain’s 4 Vanguard-class submarines carrying as much as eight Trident nuclear-armed warheads and was docked at a US naval base when the incident came about.
Whereas the HMS Vigilant is normally at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde at Faslane in Argyll and Bute, it was briefly positioned at Kings Bay facility in Camden County, Georgia in September because it underwent upkeep.
The incident will not be the primary time the HMS Vigilant’s crew has been the topic of controversy. Earlier in October, greater than 35 members of the submarine crew examined optimistic for the virus after reportedly going out to native bars and eating places in Georgia the place they had been parked.
In October 2017, a naval captain was relieved of his command of the submarine after he allegedly engaged in an “inappropriate relationship” with a feminine crew member.
The identical month, 9 sailors on the ship had been dismissed from the Royal Navy after failing drug checks for cocaine.