British sailors have been arrested in the US during HMS Queen Elizabeth’s first journey to the country.
Sources have told The News that six were arrested for being drunk and disorderly. Here’s everything we know so far:
- HMS Queen Elizabeth left her home port of Portsmouth on August 18 for her maiden voyage to the US, ahead of trialling F-35B Lightning fighter jets.
- The Royal Navy carrier arrived at its first port of call in Mayport, Florida on Wednesday, September 5, after 18 days at sea.
- It is understood bar staff and business owners had not been warned about the carrier’s arrival.
- Social media posts on Wednesday night, including one claiming to be run by a police officer in Florida, mentioned navy sailors were being kicked out of bars and had urinated from a balcony.
- Jacksonville Beach Police Department confirmed arrests had been made, and a local jail said it was holding sailors on Friday afternoon.
- According to sources six were arrested for drunk and disorderly, with another arrest for trespass in a pub.
- Three of the six were also held over resisting arrest.
- The Royal Navy has said personnel were assisting police in the US.
- A Royal Navy spokeswoman said: ‘We can confirm that a number of naval personnel are assisting US police with their inquiries. It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.’