HMS Trenchant: Nuclear submarine commander investigated after holding BBQ for crew during lockdown | UK News

The Royal Navy has launched an investigation after the captain of a submarine allegedly held a barbeque with dance music for his submariners during the coronavirus lockdown.

A defence source said the barbeque alone – for a crew that was on a brief break after weeks at sea – would not have triggered such action but the commanding officer of HMS Trenchant, a nuclear-powered submarine, was also being investigated over a number of other alleged “errors of judgement”.

Video posted on social media apparently shows the crew watching what looks to be a makeshift DJ set at a naval base in Devonport, Plymouth.

Egyptians sit on a pier as the British Trafalgar class nuclear submarine HMS Trenchant navigates northbound in the Suez canal by the port city of Ismailia, 120 km north east of Cairo, on February 17, 2009. Trenchant leaves the Red Sea on its way back home after missions in the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read -/AFP via Getty Images)
HMS Trenchant in the Suez near the port city of Ismailia in Egypt in 2009

The exact date is not clear but the defence source said it allegedly happened early on in the coronavirus lockdown when the significant effort by the government to tell people to stay at home and not to socialise was just beginning.

The sight of a few dozen submariners – even though none of them could have COVID-19 because they had been together at sea in their submarine when the pandemic hit the UK – was not thought to be a good idea by more senior officers.

The commanding officer was allegedly asked by phone to stop the barbeque, but he allegedly allowed it to continue.

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At the time, HMS Trenchant was only at the base for a number of days before it was due to head back out to sea.

The commanding officer remains in command of the boat. He is not facing any disciplinary action, only the risk of administrative action if the investigation finds that he did anything wrong.

A Royal Navy spokesperson said: “An investigation is underway. It would be inappropriate to comment further.”

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