No Viagra, we’re British

January 22, 2014 8:54 am
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Britain's armed forces used Viagra for treating altitude sickness/AFP
Britain’s armed forces used Viagra for treating altitude sickness/AFP
LONDON, Jan 22 – A giant haul of Viagra is among more than £7.2 million ($11.9 million, 8.8 million euros) of stock that has gone missing from British military supplies in the last seven years, the Ministry of Defence confirmed Tuesday.

Among the missing items are some £5,800 worth of the anti-impotence pills, which the forces use for treating altitude sickness.

A replica AK-47 assault rifle — which was later recovered — 100 bayonets, gun parts and thousands of rounds of live and blank ammunition have also vanished, The Times newspaper reported.

An aircraft fuselage, a truck, a karaoke rig and a pulse oximeter, which measures blood oxygen saturation, from the nuclear submarine HMS Ambush also disappeared, the daily said.

“The security of our personnel and assets remains of paramount importance and the MoD works hard to detect and deter theft,” said a spokeswoman for the ministry.

“There are robust processes in place to raise awareness of the need for vigilance in all aspects of security, but just as theft occurs in wider society, the MoD is not immune and we actively encourage individuals to report any evidence of loss or suspicion of theft.”

The ministry set up a counter-fraud and loss department last year. Around £600,000 of stock has been recovered.

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