7 crew members from the British Navy’s Trafalgar-class nuclear submarine HMS Talent were removed from the submarine after cocaine was found in their system whilst on duty last week, The Telegraph reported on April 14.
The incident happened when the British submarine was preparing for a mission to track Russian submarine movements in the North Sea and the Arctic Circle.
The British Defense Ministry officially confirmed the incident saying that the sailors’ actions were “incompatible” with military service because it “reduces operational effectiveness.”
The cocaine incident delayed the submarine deployment. HMS Talent had been due to sail from Devonport on April 12, but the 280ft-long boat was still at the Plymouth base on April 14 night.
This is not the first incident with HMS Talent. The submarine seems to be very unluky with its tasks of tracking the “evil Russians”. In 2015, HMS Talent struck an iceberg while tracking Russian submarines. The £500,000 of repairs were needed to restore the submarine operational capability.