Navy

HMS Queen Elizabeth Returns To Portsmouth Days After Her Captain Removed From Ship

Former First Sea Lord Admiral Lord West told Forces News the situation is "bemusing". 

HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived in Portsmouth on Saturday evening after she set sail from Rosyth, where the carrier was undergoing maintenance work (Picture: Dave Swateridge/Twitter).

Britain's biggest warship has returned to her home port of Portsmouth, days after it was announced the captain had been removed from the ship as a "precautionary measure"

It was announced last week that Captain Nick Cooke-Priest, the Commanding Officer of HMS Queen Elizabeth, had been "reassigned" from his role.

He has been accused of using the Navy's Ford Galaxy car for personal journeys in breach of the service's rules.

But on Thursday, the Royal Navy said Captain Cooke-Priest had been removed from the aircraft carrier as a "precautionary measure to protect both the individual and the Ship's Company".

Captain Nick Cooke-Priest CREDIT HMS QE Twitter
Captain Nick Cooke-Priest took over as Commanding Officer of HMS Queen Elizabeth in October (Picture: HMS Queen Elizabeth/Twitter).

The decision to remove him from the role has been criticised by some former senior officers.

Former First Sea Lord, Admiral Lord West, told Forces News the situation is "bemusing"

It is understood Captain Nick Cooke-Priest is to be succeeded by Captain Steve Moorhouse as Commanding Officer later this month.

HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed into Portsmouth on Saturday evening after leaving Rosyth where she was undergoing routine maintenance work.

Crowds lined the sea walls of Portsmouth to wave home the 65,000-tonne warship as it returned to the Hampshire city's naval base.

The aircraft carrier will go on to conduct a period of sea trials and training before a planned deployment to the east coast of the United States later in the year.