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HMS Queen Elizabeth captain removed from post over car 'misuse': report

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

The of the British Royal Navy's prestigious has been removed from his command following reports that he misused an official car, according to a media report Friday.

The confirmed had been reassigned to a new role, without giving a reason.

But navy sources told the that his removal was over his use of a car of the for personal trips.

A new has been appointed to the aircraft carrier, the report said.

The HMS Elizabeth, commissioned in 2017, is the lead ship of the class of aircraft carriers, the largest warships ever built for the It is capable of carrying up to 60 aircraft.

The report noted that while the offence may appear relatively minor, it was felt that his position had become untenable and that the must be beyond reproach.

A said: "We can confirm 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," he said.

Cooke-Priest, who joined the Royal Navy in 1990, had been in command of since October.

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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 18:11 IST