Nine members of the crew of a Trident carrying submarine have been expelled from Royal Navy amid cocaine and affairs allegations.
HMS Vigilant is the third Vanguard class submarine in the Royal Navy. Vigilant carries the Trident ballistic missile, the United Kingdom’s nuclear deterrent.
The nine personnel were discharged from the Royal Navy after testing positive for drugs.
A Royal Navy spokesman said:
“We can confirm an investigation is under way, but it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage. Any allegations of wrongdoing are taken very seriously and will be dealt with appropriately.”
It is also being reported that a Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has demanded mandatory drugs testing across the entire submarine fleet.
Last month, the submarines captain was relieved of his command after an alleged “inappropriate relationship” with a member of his crew and is currently being investigated following the allegations, which involve a female member of crew.
Along with the captain, the Executive Officer was also removed from his post amid allegations of an improper relationship with a different female crew member.