Christian naval officer sues Department of Defense for religious discrimination

HMS Vanguard is one of four Royal Navy submarines equipped with Britain’s Trident nuclear weapon system.(Photo: Ministry of Defence)

A Christian Royal Navy officer has claimed he was removed from a nuclear submarine after making known his moral objections to the weapons.

Second Lieutenant Antonio Jardim says he was kicked out of HMS Vanguard days after being posted to the ship when he told his superiors he opposed nuclear weapons because of his Christian faith.

He also claims to have lost his security clearance after his revelation and says other sailors on the submarine started calling him “Trigger”.

The officer told a preliminary hearing in Southampton on Wednesday that after being removed from HMS Vanguard he was instead stationed ashore in Portsmouth. He resigned a year later.

Jardim is now suing the Department of Defense, citing religious discrimination.

‘After considering options and speaking to my current (senior officer), I wanted to leave the service after the treatment I received by making my moral views known,’ he said, according to the Daily Mail .

“I believe I have been the victim of a series of related acts of discriminatory treatment based on my religious beliefs.

“After careful consideration and with great regret, I submitted a request for voluntary withdrawal from training (VWFT) on March 18, 2021.”

A plenary hearing is scheduled for March 13, 2023.

The Ministry of Defense disputes the allegations.

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