HMS Queen Elizabeth in Firth of Forth
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HMS Queen Elizabeth Leaves Rosyth For Portsmouth Return

Captain Nick Cooke-Priest will not be on board after he was removed from the warship as a "precautionary measure".

HMS Queen Elizabeth in Firth of Forth

Britain's biggest warship has left Rosyth docks in Scotland on her way back to her home port of Portsmouth.

HMS Queen Elizabeth had returned to Rosyth for routine maintenance work last month.

The aircraft carrier's Commanding Officer, Captain Nick Cooke-Priest will not be at the helm for Queen Elizabeth's return, after he was removed from the aircraft carrier as a "precautionary measure".

The Royal Navy said the decision to take Capt Cooke-Priest off the warship was to "protect both the individual and the Ship’s Company".

It was announced last week that he will be "reassigned to a new role", with Captain Steve Moorhouse expected to replace him later this month.

Capt Moorhouse is currently captain of HMS Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth's sister ship.

HMS Queen Elizabeth's Twitter account posted earlier this week stating the carrier's dry docking period had been "successfully completed".

Later this year, HMS Queen Elizabeth will return to the east coast of the United States for Westlant 19, including operational testing with the UK's F-35B aircraft.

The aircraft carrier will be joined by F-35s from RAF Marham, and Lightnings from Edwards Air Force Base in California.

Last year, Queen Elizabeth conducted flight trials off the east coast of the US with American F-35 aircraft flown by British pilots.

This was followed by an announcement that the carrier's first operational deployed is expected to be alongside a Dutch warship in 2021.