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Who Is HMS Queen Elizabeth's New Captain?

Former HMS Daring and HMS Protector commanding officer, Captain Angus Essenhigh, has taken over from Commodore Steve Woodhouse.

Ceremony for new HMS Queen Elizabeth Captain Angus Essenhigh 140120 CREDIT ROYAL NAVY

The Royal Navy's HMS Queen Elizabeth has welcomed its fourth Commanding Officer, Captain Angus Essenhigh.

He takes over from Commodore Stephen Moorhouse, who has been promoted to Commander of the UK Carrier Strike Group.

Capt Essenigh's appointment means he is the aircraft carrier's third captain in the last 10 months.

Capt Essenigh, who described the job as a "huge honour", joined the Royal Navy in 1992.

A former Durham University student, Capt Essenigh has a degree in French, Russian and Philosophy.

He worked on minesweepers and frigates before serving on an American destroyer as a Navigating Officer.

In 2002, Capt Essenigh returned to the UK and commanded two P2000 patrol boats, including one which was based in Cyprus as part of Operation Telic - the codename for British operations in the Iraq War.

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Capt Essenhigh said it was a "huge honour" to be given the role (Picture: HMS Queen Elizabeth/Royal Navy).

As a Principal Warfare Officer in 2006, he joined HMS Kent - completing a 6-month deployment to the Gulf in support of Op Telic.

Two years later, sub-specialising as an Air Warfare Officer, Capt Essenhigh joined HMS Daring - helping the ship in its first-of-class sea trials programme.

In 2010, Capt Essenhigh assumed command of Mine Counter Measures 1 Crew 2.

He commanded three single-role minehunters, including a 7-month deployment to the Gulf on Operation Kipion.

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Capt Essenhigh is the former Commanding Officer of HMS Daring (Picture: Royal Navy).

In 2012, Capt Essenhigh returned to HMS Daring as Commanding Officer.

During a nine-month global deployment, Capt Essenhigh directed his ship as it helped with the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

He was awarded an OBE for his work in response to the disaster and in June 2016, was promoted to Captain and assumed command of HMS Protector. 

Capt Essenhigh served two ice patrol season on the ship working in and around Antarctica.

His next challenge will be getting HMS Queen Elizabeth ready for operations.

The £3 billion warship is expected to become operational in 2021.

Cover image: Captain Essenhigh (left) walks alongside his predecessor in front of his new crew (Picture: Royal Navy).