Nuclear sub crew fired amid cocaine and sex scandals

Around 10 percent of the HMS Vigilant crew have either quit or been kicked out amid the scandal.
Around 10 percent of the HMS Vigilant crew have either quit or been kicked out amid the scandal. Photo credit: Getty

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.

Crew on the HMS Vigilant nuclear submarine are reported to have held coke-fuelled parties while docked in the US, picking up nuclear warheads, reports the Daily Mail. One crew member is said to have had sex with a prostitute in a swimming pool.

It comes after the submarine's captain and second-in-command were both removed amid claims of extra-marital affairs with women on the ship's crew.

It's reported they were the only officers on board with access to top-secret orders regarding the use of nuclear weapons.

And another HMS Vigilant officer is facing court-martial after going AWOL (absent without leave) to fly to the UK to visit his girlfriend.

Two other HMS Vigilant staff have quit, meaning around 10 percent of the 168-member crew have either quit or been kicked out in one of the biggest sex and drug scandals in the Royal Navy's history.

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