Navy sailors on nuclear Trident submarine HMS Vigilant axed over drugs tests

Nine sailors high on cocaine while serving on Navy submarine sacked

The Times reported that the officers face a fine, demotion or, in the captain's case, dismissal if found guilty of breaching the Royal Navy's "no touching" policy for those in a relationship outside the command chain.

THE Royal Navy has discharged nine service personnel who tested positive for drugs while they were assigned to a nuclear submarine.

The newspaper also alleged that the service personnel held drug-fuelled parties while the submarine was docked in the USA, and one man had sex with a prostitute in a swimming pool.

A navy spokesman said: "We can confirm an investigation is underway, but it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage". Learning of their activities, senior officers ordered crew-wide drugs tests before allowing them back on board.

Earlier this month, the submarine's captain Commander Stuart Armstrong, 41, and Sub-Lieutenant Rebecca Edwards, 25, had been removed from duty for alleged extra-marital relation.

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Another sailor of HMS Vigilant's 168-strong crew faced court-martial for AWOL - absent without leave - and going to the United Kingdom just to see his girlfriend. The female crew had been deployed on submarines three years ago.

The nine were dismissed following compulsory drugs tests on HMS Vigilant - one of four British submarines that carry Trident nuclear missiles.

The submarine's latest controversy follows allegations of an on-board relationship between a male and a female - despite strict Royal Navy rules about relationships on its vessels.

The submarine is based at Her Majesty's Naval Base Clyde at Faslane in Argyll and Bute.

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