An investigation is underway after a bunch of Royal Marines allegedly filmed themselves drawing a swastika on one of their fellow servicemen, inflicting army top brass to fear that the embarrassing footage could be leaked online.
The Nazi “initiation” ceremony was filmed aboard a Royal Navy vessel throughout multi-national coaching workout routines supposed to “strike fear” into Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Mail on Sunday reported.
The troops concerned had been half of the Future Commando Force (FCF) and have reportedly since been warned that they is likely to be prevented from taking half in related future missions because of the humiliating incident.
In a observe to troops, a senior officer warned that anybody in possession of the video from the ‘Exercise Baltic Protector’ mission “is to delete it immediately” and mentioned anybody discovered forwarding it or posting it on public boards will face disciplinary motion.
“If it reaches social media we are able to kiss goodbye to any further obligations as nicely as runs ashore[slang for social privileges],” the observe mentioned, in keeping with the Mail.
The newspaper reported that the video additionally contains a sequence of different “disgusting acts” happening within the corridors and sleeping quarters of what’s believed to be the HMS Albion.
One commando informed the paper that the workout routines had been purported to ship Putin “a message” that the UK and its allies have the “amphibious capability to defend Baltic and Scandinavian states” — and as such, this “wasn’t a time to get drunk, daub swastikas on each other and do other unthinkable acts.”
It additionally seems that senior officers are extra involved with the place the incident came about moderately than the acts themselves. Military chiefs, the commando mentioned, “might expect” one thing like this to occur often again dwelling, “but never on a ship sailing near Russian waters.”