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Captain Steve Moorhouse: Who Is The Next HMS Queen Elizabeth Captain?

He will take over the role of HMS Queen Elizabeth Commanding Officer from Captain Nick Cooke-Priest.

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Captain Stephen Moorhouse OBE will take over the command of HMS Queen Elizabeth (Picture: MOD/Crown Copyright).

The man in charge of aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales, Captain Steve Moorhouse, is expected to take over command of HMS Queen Elizabeth by the end of the month.

The current Commanding Officer of HMS Queen Elizabeth, Captain Nick Cooke-Priest was removed from the aircraft carrier during what was to be his one of his final journeys in command.

It followed confirmation last week that Capt Cooke-Priest had been "reassigned to a new role".

Captain Steve Moorhouse's Career

Capt Moorhouse is currently the first sea-going Commanding Officer of HMS Prince of Wales, a role he took in September 2018.

Capt Moorhouse joined the Royal Navy in September 1991 as a University Cadet and, following basic flying training, specialised in Airborne Early Warning, gaining his Observer wings with 849 Squadron.

Appointed to B Flight, primarily embarked in HMS Illustrious, he experienced a wide variety of flying in environments ranging from the southern Indian Ocean to the Baltic.

Subsequently, as the Training and Operations Officer, he took on the challenges of frontline operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf and Sierra Leone.

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In 2018, Captain Moorhouse took command of HMS Prince of Wales (Picture: MOD/Crown Copyright).

Captain Moorhouse has subsequently combined his aviation experience with a wide variety of sea and command appointments.

As a Principal Warfare Officer he deployed with HMS Chatham in 2003 for Operation Telic, providing naval gunfire in support of amphibious operations on the Al Faw peninsula.

He subsequently joined HMS Bulwark as her first Operations Officer.

His command appointments have included:

  • the Offshore Patrol Vessel HMS Severn, undertaking Fishery Protection and Maritime Security Operations in UK waters;
  • the Falkland Islands Patrol Vessel HMS Clyde, protecting British interests in the South Atlantic;
  • the Type 23 Frigate HMS Lancaster for her work up from refit, Sea Training and Caribbean deployment;
  • HMS Ocean during her tenure as NATO's High Readiness Command platform.
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Captain Moohouse was the first sea-going captain of HMS Prince of Wales (Picture: MOD/Crown Copyright).

His staff appointments have included Naval Career Management for junior warfare officers and, within the Ministry of Defence, Capability Strategy and the Operations Directorate.

Most recently, he had the privilege of commanding CTF150, a multi-national task force charged with delivering Maritime Security across the western Indian Ocean.

An alumnus of the Joint Services Higher Command and Staff Course, Moorhouse holds a Master of Arts degree in Defence Studies and was appointed OBE in the 2015 New Year Honours.

Married with two children, his interests are cooking, sport and maintaining a second home in southern Brittany.