The captain of HMS Queen Elizabeth has been “reassigned to a new role”, according to the Royal Navy. The decision is understood to be in response to his alleged misuse of a Royal Navy car, first reported by The Sun.
In a statement, a Royal Navy Spokesperson said:
“We can confirm Captain Nick Cooke-Priest has been reassigned to a new role. We can only say that management action is ongoing and it would therefore be inappropriate to comment further.”
The Sun reported that he had displayed an “error of judgment” by driving a Royal Navy car for personal use. He paid for petrol and there is no allegation of fraud.
The crew of HMS Queen Elizabeth – currently docked alongside HMS Prince of Wales at Rosyth in Scotland – were informed of the news yesterday.
Cooke-Priest took over from Vice Admiral Jerry Kyd, now the Fleet Commander, in October 2018.
It may be a chilly 7 degrees in New York City, but we have turned up the heating onboard to give the warmest welcome to our new Commanding Officer.
— HMS Queen Elizabeth (@HMSQNLZ) October 25, 2018
He joined the Royal Navy in 1990 as a Lynx helicopter observer. In 2009 he took command of Type 23 frigate HMS Kent, and subsequently commanded HMS Bulwark in 2015. He was responsible for coordinating the ship’s response to the migrant crises in the Mediterranean.
Captain Steve Moorhouse, currently Commanding Officer of HMS Prince of Wales, will take over command of HMS Queen Elizabeth. He previously commanded HMS Lancaster and HMS Ocean.