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HMS Queen Elizabeth captain sacked for ‘using official car at weekends’ | UK News



The captain of the Royal Navy’s largest and most powerful ship ever has been sacked from his role for driving an official car on weekends, according to reports.

Nick Cooke-Priest had been captain of HMS Queen Elizabeth since October last year – a vessel described by the navy as an “awe-inspiring warship” capable of carrying up to 40 aircraft.

It is believed that major Royal Navy warships and their captains are loaned a car for use on official duties.

However, according to The Sun, an official investigation found he had used the Ford Galaxy as if it was his own and found him guilty of an “error of judgement”.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales is met by Commanding Officer Captain Nick Cooke-Priest at a reception on HMS Bulwark where he met decendants of the Gallipoli campaign on April 24, 2015 in Seddulbahir, Turkey.
Commodore Cooke-Priest meets Prince Charles during his time in charge of HMS Bulwark

Commodore Cooke-Priest was never warned that using the car for personal journeys was in breach of rules and paid for the petrol himself, according to reports.

A former Royal Navy Captain told Sky News: “This was an honest mistake that should have been dealt with swiftly at flotilla level.

“It wasn’t and has now escalated far too far. The navy hasn’t got enough people as it is – they certainly shouldn’t be dismissing their very best.”

An F-35B fighter jet on board HMS Queen Elizabeth
The warship is capable of carrying up to 40 aircraft

A Royal Navy spokesman said: “We can confirm Captain Nick Cooke-Priest has been reassigned to a new role.

“We can only say that management action is ongoing and it would therefore be inappropriate to comment further.”

Commodore Cooke-Priest joined the Royal Navy in 1990 and initially specialised as a Lynx helicopter pilot.

In 2009 he was promoted to Commander, escorting the Queen during a royal tour on HMS Kent before later taking charge of HMS Iron Duke, and HMS Bulwark, the Fleet Flag Ship.

In 2016 he was awarded an OBE.

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