ctfairway said:Commanding Officers have been "relieved of their Command" in the past without any Court Martial. Its called "adminstrative action". Happens to XOs too, in fact anyone onboard who doesnt cut the mustard can be moved on by admin action. As far as the CO of ASTUTE is concerned - I suspect there must have been other problems with his performance as well as the grounding to justify his removal.
I think grounding a brand new billion pound submarine in full view of the world's media is more than enough to justify his removal. Whilst he almost certainly didn't actually drive it there himself, he is responsible for those that did - it's the ultimate price of commanding your own "war canoe"