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Former captain of HMS Queen Elizabeth 'quits' navy after car use reprimand

File photo dated 8/6/2015 of Commodore Nick Cooke-Priest, the former commanding officer of the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, who is understood to have resigned after he was removed from post for misuse of an official car. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday July 5, 2019. Cooke-Priest was stripped of the command of the carrier in May after Navy bosses launched an investigation into his alleged use of the Ford Galaxy for personal journeys in breach of the service's rules. See PA story DEFENCE Carrier. Photo credit should read: Rowan Griffiths/Daily Mail/PA Wire

By Ben Mitchell, PA

The former commanding officer of the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is understood to have resigned after he was removed from post for misuse of an official car.

Commodore Nick Cooke-Priest was stripped of the command of the carrier in May after Navy bosses launched an investigation into his alleged use of the Ford Galaxy for personal journeys in breach of the service's rules.

Mr Cooke-Priest, who joined the Royal Navy in 1990, had only been in command of the 280-metre vessel, described by the Royal Navy as an "awe-inspiring warship" capable of carrying up to 40 aircraft, since last October.

It is understood he handed in his notice last week.

A friend told The Sun: "Nick has enjoyed an outstandingly, diverse career in the Royal Navy but recent events have forced him to take stock.

"It's time to take this experience into a second career."

A Royal Navy spokesman said: "We do not comment on personnel matters, we can only confirm that management action regarding Cdre Nick Cooke-Priest has been completed and the matter is resolved.

"Any further decisions are a matter for the individual."

HMS Queen Elizabeth is currently conducting sea trials and is set to deploy to the east coast of the USA later this year.

Pic by Rowan Griffiths/Daily Mail/PA Wire