US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The leadership of the British Navy launched an investigation into the actions of the commander of the Trenchant nuclear submarine, John Lewis, who allowed the crew to throw a party at the Devonport base in the southwestern county of Devon in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. This was reported on Friday by The Times, citing an official representative of the Navy.
John Lewis may, according to the publication, be removed from his post and even dismissed from the fleet in connection with an incident that occurred in early April after the return of the British Trafalgar class submarine from a long voyage. We are talking about “violation by the commander of instructions” prohibiting the conduct of any activities under quarantine.
The crew of the submarine, which was on a long voyage for several weeks, was forbidden to leave the base upon return, and they were in quarantine. The official investigation focused on several episodes of fun when the sailors wanted to “let off steam” after hard work in cramped conditions at sea. They concern, among other things, video materials from smartphones of submariners that appeared on social networks.
Investigating the behavior of Commander Lewis can lead to a number of disciplinary measures, including his removal from office or even dismissal from the Navy. Now he continues to command the submarine, informs the publication.
According to a spokesman for the Navy, “an investigation is underway, and it would be inappropriate to comment on this.”
Infection with a new coronavirus in the UK was confirmed in 138 thousand people. The number of deaths has reached 18.7 thousand. Since the start of the pandemic, more than 2.6 million people have been infected with coronavirus in the world, more than 180 thousand have died.
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