THE ex-captain of Britain’s newest aircraft carrier has been sacked over claims he hit on female sailors.
Top brass threw the book at him as a naval source insisted: “Rules are applied in the same way to all those who serve.”
Capt Higham had been due to become Rear Admiral, but his promotion was put on ice pending a probe after a whistle-blower raised concerns when he handed over command of the warship in May.
A source said Capt Higham was told there was “sufficient evidence to suggest his actions were inappropriate and his conduct was not compatible with continued Navy service”.
La source a ajouté: “The reason it took so long to investigate is that a number of people highlighted they had had inappropriate interactions that were not compliant with the military and the Royal Navy’s ethics.
“It is not illegal to have a relationship with someone in your workplace.
“But it is inappropriate in the Navy.”
He was spared a court martial as “he didn’t break the law”, but was handed an “administrative dismissal” by Navy chiefs on Monday.