AT LEAST 35 female sailors have been airlifted from Royal Navy ships after discovering they were pregnant while at sea, it can be revealed.
The women, who were serving on some of the navy’s elite warships, either became pregnant while on duty or unknowingly conceived on shore.
One of the ships involved is the £1bn HMS Duncan, the Royal Navy’s most sophisticated destroyer which is currently heading towards the Persian Gulf to face down threats from Iran.
Around 18 warships were involved in the Medevac operations and some vessels had more than one pregnant sailor removed from duty.
The ships included the destroyer HMS Diamond – the same vessel in which a navy chef was court martial after filming himself having sex with a female colleague while in the showers. He was cleared of voyeurism by a court martial.
Also named was HMS Ocean, which had featured in a TV documentary, where at least five sailors were ordered to leave the ship after becoming pregnant since 2005. The ship was decommissioned last year and sold to the Brazilian navy.
Details of the pregnancies have been revealed in a series of FOIs obtained by The Sun on Sunday.
The documents show that since 2005 at least 35 sailors have been medically evacuated from operational duty after producing a positive pregnancy test.
But the figures released by the Ministry of Defence only show those women who were flown home by MoD flights. Pregnant sailors who made their own way back to the UK are not recorded.
The Royal Navy has a strict no touching rule on board all ships even for married couples serving on the same vessels.
But relationships amongst sailors of all ranks do take place.
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One Defence source said: “The unofficial rule for both sexes is you can look but not touch. In reality relationships do occur and providing the intimate side takes place on shore it isn’t usually a problem. But if a couple are found to be having a physical relationship while at sea they will probably both be disciplined and removed from the ship.”
In 2014 commander Sarah West, the first woman to captain a Royal Navy warship, was flown back to the UK following claims she had a sexual relationship with a member of her crew.
An unnamed captain was appointed in her place and a military investigation was launched into the 42-year-old’s conduct.
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