A £3billion nuclear submarine dubbed ‘HMS Sex and Cocaine’ has seen a coronavirus outbreak among its rule-breaking crew.
Highly-secretive HMS Vigilant saw more than 35 crew members test positive after several left the Kings Bay US Navy base in Georgia, a source has revealed.
Among those who tested positive – a quarter of the vessels team – was a doctor and an executive officer.
The codes to deploy the nuclear weapons stored on the submarine are known only by that executive officer and one other person, reports suggest.
Sailors defied orders to go to strip clubs, bars and restaurants in Georgia – which has seen 318,000 coronavirus cases and 7,282 deaths.
One trip saw them travel 200 miles away to a beach in Florida, an insider said.