A group of drunken British soldiers were arrested for ‘brawling in their underwear’ at a luxury resort on Cape Verde.
Some 130 men were stranded off the coast of Africa after their RAF plane broke down on its way to the Falkland Islands.
Police held four British soldiers after a fight broke out at a hotel following drinking sessions and sunbathing in their underwear.
The soldiers were all put up in hotels after the break down which reportedly cost the army around £40,000.
A group of drunken British soldiers were arrested for ‘brawling in their underwear’ at a luxury resort on Cape Verde
One of the hotels the squaddies were put up in was the five-star Melia Tortuga Beach resort, which is advertised as an ‘ocean of tranquility’.
Furious army bosses had reportedly imposed a curfew and drinking ban by Wednesday evening.
A source told The Sun: ‘One minute they were being sent to the bottom of the world – the next they’re on a sunshine break complete with a free bar. They couldn’t believe their luck.
‘As soon as they arrived at the hotel they got ‘all inclusive’ wristbands and went straight to the bar. Tables were piled high with drinks.
One of the hotels the squaddies were put up in was the five-star Melia Tortuga Beach resort, which is advertised as an ‘ocean of tranquility’
‘They were dressed for the Falklands, so they had to buy clothes from the gift shop. They were all in Cape Verde souvenir T-shirts. There were very loud arguments by the evening when a lot of them were worse for wear.
‘Holidaymakers, including families, were shocked by squaddies swearing at bar staff, ordering multiple cocktails and sunbathing in their underwear.
‘There was one guy who was trying to fight everyone.’
Police were called and arrested four soldiers for brawling. Two were charged the next day and fined £150 each.
Around 130 men were stranded off the coast of Africa after their RAF plane broke down on its way to the Falkland Islands. Some of these men were put up at the Melia Tortuga (pictured)
The soldiers were supposed to be travelling from the UK to the Falklands to repair a runway.
However, their RAF Voyager transport plane developed a technical problem while it made a scheduled refuelling stop at Sal on Cape Verde.
It was unable to take off again until yesterday morning, with The Sun reporting it was further delayed after crew forgot to refuel once the fault had been fixed.
The Army source added: ‘This is bad behaviour and it will not be tolerated. The authorities in Cape Verde have been very kind allowing us to stop over to refuel.
The soldiers were supposed to be travelling from the UK to the Falklands to repair a runway
‘They shouldn’t have to deal with drunken clowns like this.’
Last night an Army spokesman said that anyone involved in the incident faced disciplinary action.
‘We can confirm that two soldiers have appeared in court in Cape Verde and have been fined,’ he said.
‘Anyone found to have fallen short of the Army’s high standards will be dealt with administratively and may face sanctions up to and including dismissal.’
The latest skirmish adds to a growing list of unruly behaviour from members of the Armed Forces in recent months.
Their RAF Voyager transport plane developed a technical problem while it made a scheduled refuelling stop at Sal on Cape Verde
Earlier this month four soldiers from Prince Harry’s former regiment were caught snorting cocaine in a pub toilet while on a night out with colleagues.
Staff at a The King and Castle, pub in Windsor – located just yards from Windsor Castle, where Harry will marry in May – reportedly found the serving Household Cavalry troops taking the drug on March 13.
The four men, who were among a group of twenty off-duty servicemen, were ejected from the pub after being caught in the first-floor toilets.
They were then reported by their squadron corporal major and sent for drugs tests, according to The Sun.
At the time the Ministry of Defence said any soldiers who committed an offence would be disciplined.
It came after eight sailors were sacked by the Navy last year after testing positive for drugs.
Four officers aboard HMS Vigilant were also disciplined for sleeping with fellow crew.
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