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Nine sailors high on cocaine while serving on Navy submarine sacked

Nine sailors high on cocaine while serving on Navy submarine sacked

Nine UK servicemen have been sent home and kicked out of the Navy after testing positive for cocaine while on duty amid an on-board sex scandal.

The spokesperson also confirmed the navy had launched an investigation into other service personnel on HMS Vigilant over allegations of inappropriate relationships, detailed in British media reports this month.

Royal Navy Trafalgar-class submarine HMS Trenchant and Royal Navy Wildcat HMA2, attached to Type 23 frigate HMS Iron Duke (F234), participate in a passenger exchange during exercise Saxon Warrior 2017, August 5.

The Mail reports on Saturday that the sailors on the Trident submarine allegedly took cocaine while docked in the United States to collect nuclear warheads.

They were tested positive for a prohibited class-A drug, reported to be cocaine, while on duty.

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The submarine had already been embroiled in controversy over an alleged affair between its captain, Commander Stuart Armstrong, 41, and a 25-year-old female junior officer.

The second in command on the submarine in question, the HMS Vigilant, has also been removed following claims he had an affair with a fellow mariner. One crew member is said to have had sex with a prostitute in a swimming pool.

There are strict Royal Navy rules about relationships on board vessels.

The service members were dismissed after they failed mandatory drug tests on HMS Vigilant - one of four British submarines equipped with Trident nuclear missiles.