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Wednesday, 29 April 2020

British submarine commander relieved of duty after dockside BBQ party

The British Trafalgar class nuclear submarine HMS Trenchant, which is now in need of a new commander, navigates near Cairo in this file photo.
The British Trafalgar class nuclear submarine HMS Trenchant, which is now in need of a new commander, navigates near Cairo in this file photo.(AFP via Getty Images)

The meat wasn’t the only thing being grilled.
A British submarine commander was relieved of his duty Tuesday after he allowed his crew to have a small party on a pier, the BBC reported.
Jonathan Lewis was, until recently, commander of the HMS Trenchant, a nuclear-powered submarine in the Royal Navy, according to the BBC. Now, however, he’s set to be reassigned following an internal investigation.
That probe was launched after videos posted to Twitter showed the crew of the HMS Trenchant hanging out on a dock and having a barbecue together during the UK’s coronavirus lockdown.
While some described it as a “rave,” the party appears quite tame, as one might expect from a bunch of middle-aged men.
Nonetheless, it was enough to get Lewis sacked, as the BBC reported that both senior officers on shore and aboard the submarine advised Lewis against the get-together.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who battled COVID-19 himself, recently ruled out any chance of the country ending its lockdown soon.

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