A Royal Navy submariner has been sent back to Faslane after he arrived ‘intoxicated’ at nuclear submarine HMS Vigilant while it was docked at the US Navy’s Kings Bay base in Georgia.
It has been reported that Lieutenant Commander Len Louw alarmed colleagues when he turned up to the submarine despite ‘still being intoxicated from a heavy drinking session’ and also ‘carrying a bag of BBQ grilled chicken’.
It is understood that Lt Cdr Louw was flown back to the vessel’s base in Faslane, Scotland.
An investigation has been launched.
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A Royal Navy spokesman said:
“An investigation is under way therefore it would be inappropriate to comment further. However, where an individual’s conduct falls short of the high standards we expect, we won’t hesitate to take the appropriate action. While we don’t comment on the detail, there are numerous safety checks and processes to protect the safety and use of weapons aboard all submarines.”
HMS Vigilant is one of the four Vanguard class submarines which house the UK’s Trident nuclear missiles.