HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives US

Tasers Used Against British Sailors Arrested In United States

A British Defence Minister described the arrests to Forces News as "disappointing".

HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives US

HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived in the US last week (Picture: MoD).

Tasers were used against two Royal Navy sailors arrested in the United States last week, local police have confirmed to Forces News.

The incident is understood to have happened after HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived in Florida on Thursday.

Six crew members were arrested for being drunk and disorderly after docking in the United States.

Defence Minister Stuart Andrew described the arrests to Forces News as "disappointing".

Sergeant Larry Smith from the Jacksonville Beach Police Department told Forces News:

"There were tasers used twice - two separate tasers, two separate people.

'Tasers used twice against British personnel'

"One was a guy that wouldn't put his hands behind his back, wouldn't comply with the officer's commands - he got tased with what they call a drive stun, which is kind of a stun gun," Sergeant Smith continued.

"Another was actively engaging in a fight and he was tased as well."

'Arrests disappointing' - Defence Minister Stuart Andrew spoke to Forces News.

Minister for Defence Procurement Stuart Andrew told Forces News: "We really do hold all of our Armed Forces with the highest regard and expect the highest standards from them.

"It is disappointing, but I haven't got all the facts yet, we haven't heard the detail."

At the weekend, a Royal Navy spokesman said: “The Naval Service places great importance on maintaining the highest possible standards of behaviour from its personnel at all times.

“We can confirm that a number of naval personnel are assisting US police with their enquiries – it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time."

The aircraft carrier is in the US ahead of trialling the F-35B fighter jets which will land on its flight deck for the first time.

The ship's company left the UK last month on an 11-week deployment.