Royal Navy submarine commander SACKED after throwing coronavirus lockdown boozy rave and barbecue for his crew – The Sun

THE Commander of a £1billion Royal Navy nuclear submarine has reportedly been sacked after organising a boozy rave and barbecue during lockdown.

Commander John Lewis has been relieved of his command of HMS Trenchant and will be assigned other duties after the huge party, it is understood.

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He had been placed under 'administrative investigation' over concerns about his judgement.

The barbecue, which took place at Devonport in Plymouth earlier this month, was said to be just one of a number of incidents 'in which his judgement came into question', BBC Defence Correspondent Jonathan Beale said on Twitter.

The broadcaster was also told it was not just senior officers ashore who advised against the barbecue and DJ set, but some of his own crew.

Crew members were seen swilling beer on the sidings as two shipmates acted as DJs.

Techno music could be heard miles away, with stunned witnesses describing scenes as “like an Ibiza beach party”.

Two lower ranking seamen were hauled over the coals for refusing to comply with a senior naval base officer who told them to end the party.

A source said: “Some have sympathy as it was about raising morale after so long at sea.

“But it was a direct order to the Commanding Officer that he wasn’t allowed a barbecue.

"He said under Queen’s regulations he was allowed to do what he liked with the ship’s company.

“He got referred to the captain of the base who referred him to the Rear Admiral of Submarines.”

The sub had been on manoeuvres for months — but the Commander had been briefed about coronavirus lockdown as he re-entered British waters.

The source added: “The Commander had little awareness of what was going on at home with the pandemic. But he was arrogant. It is very unlikely he will ever command the sub again.”

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An insider added: “Throwing a barbecue when everyone else is unable to is not a good look.”

It is understood Commander Lewis had been sent home on leave last week after a 'terse exchange' with his superiors.

They were reportedly unhappy he was seen countering their orders in front of junior crew.

In a clip published on social media, Lewis is seen standing apart from the rest of the crew talking into his mobile phone soon after music blares out from a mobile disco.

The commander then talks briefly before hanging up with a flourish to loud cheers from his crew, who surround him on the jetty.

Last week, a Royal Navy spokesperson told The Sun: “An investigation is under way.

"It would be inappropriate to comment further.”

Officials have been contacted for comment this evening.

The 31-year-old Trenchant is in service for another year after construction delays prevented its replacement joining the fleet.

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