According to the Daily Mail, commanders advised personnel at HMS Sultan in Gosport, Hampshire, that when in uniform the troopers mustn’t take the knee.
A defence supply stated: “When they’re in uniform, they don’t seem to be allowed to participate in any political exercise. With taking the knee, it’s turning into a political movement.
“When you’re in uniform there are lengthy standing guidelines for a way it’s best to behave.
“The armed forces and the MoD is absolutely against racism in any form and wants to stamp it out.”
The defence supply stated they’re at present reviewing the coverage to discover a means “in an appropriate situation” that troopers can present their respect.
Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been credited with inspiring the ‘take a knee’ gesture after the ex- San Francisco 49ers star dropped to 1 knee throughout the American nationwide anthem at a pre-season recreation in 2016 to point his anger at racial injustice in the US.
The incident triggered backlash from critics who dubbed the motion “unpatriotic” and “disrespectful”, or resented the alleged politicisation of sporting occasions.
During weeks of BLM protests throughout the UK, a police officer was filmed taking the knee with protesters.
Meanwhile Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab brought about a stir when he claimed taking the knee gave the impression to be extra a “symbol of subjugation” than one of “liberation and emancipation”.
“I take the knee for two people; the Queen and the Mrs when I asked her to marry me,” he stated.
The Ministry of Defence has been contacted for additional remark.