Furious Royal Navy top brass investigate sailors who trashed room at HMS Sultan in night of boozy carnage

RAMPAGING sailors, who trashed a bedroom at a naval base during a booze-fuelled night of chaos, are being investigated after a video showing the aftermath of their party went viral.

Wednesday, 13th November 2019, 11:23 am
Updated Wednesday, 13th November 2019, 7:37 pm

Shocking footage, released on Facebook by armed forces group Fill Your Boots UK, has shown the scale of destruction caused by the sailors at Gosport’s HMS Sultan.

In the brief 46-second video, three men can be seen asleep in the room which has been ransacked.

Empty bottles of booze can be seen strewn all over the floor alongside rubbish, clothes and debris. One bed has been up-ended, with a mattress, table, chair and - what appears to be - a small fridge, having been hurled from the first-floor window.

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The west gate at HMS Sultan in Gosport. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150176-3) and inset of sailors in the ruined room at Sultan Photo: Fill Your Boots UK/Facebook

A second video, apparently recorded later in the day, shows a team of astounded senior rates inspecting the damage, with one shocked sailor saying: ‘What is that? Jesus.’

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Since being released on Friday, the pair of clips have wracked up almost 100,000 views, leaving top brass at Sultan furious.

In a statement, a spokesman for the naval base said: ‘We are aware of a post on social media and an investigation is underway. While the investigation continues it would be inappropriate to comment further. We can confirm that the unit is HMS Sultan.’

The west gate at HMS Sultan in Gosport. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150176-4)

Mike Critchley, a retired Lieutenant Commander now living in Gosport, was disappointed by the news but claimed ‘crazy things happened when booze was involved’.

‘I am sure there are people sitting at Sultan today with sore heads wishing they hadn’t had that last beer,’ he said.

‘Young sailors of a certain age are no different to young men in Gosport high street once they have taken too much alcohol.

The west gate at HMS Sultan in Gosport. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150176-2)

‘You do have to wonder what their mentality is though. It’s all a big laugh at the time but it looks very differently the next day. It really is no laughing matter.’

Mr Critchley added leaders of Sultan would take a dim view of the sailors’ actions.

‘The situation will be viewed pretty seriously by command at Sultan and appropriately punished,’ he insisted. ‘It’s not something that I would expect to see in a magistrates’ court, however. This isn’t serious enough to bang people up for.

‘I would expect the sailors involved to be docked their pay and leave.’

Sailors at HMS Sultan following a booze-fuelled night Photo: Fill Your Boots UK/Facebook

HMS Sultan is one of the navy’s main training hubs, and home to both the Defence School of Marine Engineering and the Royal Naval Air Engineering and Survival School.

The base’s primary function is to supply the fleet with engineering officers and ratings.

Snaps show sailors at HMS Sultan asleep in a room that has been ransacked following a booze-fuelled night. An investigation has since been launched. Photo: Fill Your Boots UK/Facebook