SAILORS on a nuclear sub have come through the patrol from hell after a Covid outbreak at sea.
Dozens on board HMS Vigilant reported sick but, with no access to a test lab, the precise number is not known.
They had little chance to escape the bug while working in hot and cramped conditions.
A source said: “Imagine being cooped up underwater and breathing the same air when a killer virus is on the loose. It really was the patrol from hell.”
HMS Vigilant was on patrol as part of the Navy’s continuous at-sea deterrent.
The £3billion sub was the designated “bomber boat” and armed with Trident nukes.
The source added: “The sickest sailors were put in isolation but it is not easy on a submarine.
“People sleep in bunks in tiny six-man cabins. They work on top of each other.”
Crew were on alert after one female sailor showing Covid symptoms was taken off the sub the day it set sail.
One officer said: “It was a calculated risk to sail.”
The MoD said: “There has been no disruption to patrols since they commenced in 1969.”
Source: The Sun