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Military court judge blasts top brass on HMS Queen Elizabeth after communication delays of 11 months


A judge at a military court has blasted disciplinary procedures on board Royal Navy flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth after a case was delayed by 11 months – ‘claiming it would have been quicker to send a carrier pigeon’.

Assistant Judge Advocate Jane England described processes on board the £3.1 billion aircraft carrier as ‘unacceptable’ and delays in the case coming to court martial as ‘lamentable’.

She made the comments during a case at Bulford Military Court concerning a senior officer who punched a junior sailor while he was lying on the floor following a party commemorating the Battle of Trafalgar on board the carrier.

Chief Petty Officer [CPO] Michael Smith, 48, who has been in the Navy for 22 years, punched Leading Aircraft Engineering Technician [LAET] Jordan Street during the ship’s first operational deployment. 

Chief Petty Officer Michael Smith, 48, pictured arriving at Bulford Military Court after an 11-month delay

Chief Petty Officer Michael Smith, 48, pictured arriving at Bulford Military Court after an 11-month delay

The incident occurred on the flagship aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth's first deployment

The incident occurred on the flagship…



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