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Christian naval officer sues Ministry of Defence claiming non secular discrimination

HMS Vanguard is considered one of 4 Royal Navy submarines armed with the UK’s Trident nuclear weapons system.(Picture: Ministry of Defence)

A Christian officer within the Royal Navy has claimed he was faraway from a nuclear submarine after making his ethical objections to the weapons identified. 

Sub-Lieutenant Antonio Jardim says that he was barred from HMS Vanguard days after being assigned to the vessel when he informed his superiors that he objected to nuclear weapons due to his Christian religion. 

He additionally claims to have misplaced his safety clearance after his disclosure and says that different sailors on the submarine began nicknaming him ‘Set off’. 

The officer informed a preliminary listening to in Southampton on Wednesday that after being taken off HMS Vanguard, he was as a substitute stationed on land at Portsmouth. He resigned a 12 months later.  

Jardim is now suing the Ministry of Defence, claiming non secular discrimination. 

“After consideration of choices and speaking to my present (superior officer), I needed to go away the service after the remedy I acquired when making my ethical views identified,” he mentioned, in line with the Every day Mail. 

“I imagine I’ve been subjected to a collection of linked acts of discriminatory remedy primarily based upon my non secular beliefs.

“After a substantial amount of thought, and with a lot remorse, I submitted a request for Voluntary Withdrawal From Coaching (VWFT) on March 18 2021.”

A full listening to has been scheduled for 13 March 2023.

The Ministry of Defence disputes the claims. 

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