Second officer removed for alleged improper relationship with female colleague on scandal-hit submarine 

8 Oct

A scandal over conduct on a Royal Navy nuclear submarine has widened after it was disclosed that a second officer was also removed for an alleged improper relationship with a female colleague.

The submarine’s commander and his second-in-command were last week both taken off HMS Vigilant while Navy chiefs investigate the claims.

Cdr Stuart Armstrong, the boat’s commander, was earlier this week revealed to have been relieved of his duties after allegations his relationship with a female subordinate was “closer than it should have been”.

But the Telegraph understands that his right-hand-man, the submarine’s Executive Officer, was  removed at the same time amid allegations of a separate improper relationship with a different female subordinate. The Executive Officer has not been named.

Naval sources said the removal of the top two officers from a vessel was “highly unusual”.

As the allegations surfaced, two senior officers in the Submarine Service are understood to have flown from the naval base at Faslane to America, where the boat was deployed, to deal with the fallout.

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