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Carrier skipper quits Royal Navy over car misuse

Resigned: Nick Cooke-Priest
Resigned: Nick Cooke-Priest

By Ben Mitchell

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.

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