Royal Navy probes DJ dance party at Devonport naval base during lockdown

The Royal Navy is investigating reports that a submarine commander allegedly flouted social distancing guidelines by throwing a party at HMNB Devonport.

Footage has emerged of the HMS Trenchant crew enjoying the gathering after docking for repairs at the Plymouth naval base.

The nuclear-powered attack submarine had been at sea for months on manoeuvres.

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The crew are thought to have been at sea for many months and returned to a very different UK than they left. With the latest Covid restrictions the crew were faced with isolation when returning home to port.

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HMS Trenchant on an exercise in the Atlantic Ocean. Credit: PA

It is understood that the Trenchant’s captain has been sent home on leave following the party, which apparently took place despite him having been advised that lockdown regulations would make such a gathering inappropriate.

An investigation is underway. It would be inappropriate to comment further.

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Two lower-ranking seamen are also believed to have been disciplined for refusing to comply with an order from a senior naval base officer who told them to end the party.

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