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HMS Queen Elizabeth announces new commanding officer

Captain Angus Essenhigh replaces Commodore Moorhouse as commanding officer. Picture credits: Royal Navy

The new commanding officer for HMS Queen Elizabeth - the Royal Navy's flagship based out of Portsmouth - has been confirmed.

Captain Angus Essenhigh will lead the aircraft carrier as she works towards full operations and he takes over from Commodore Steve Moorhouse.

Capt Essenhigh joined the Royal Navy in 1992 and succeeds Cdre Moorhouse who has been promoted to commander of the UK's carrier strike group.

The warship is preparing for more sea trials, before operational deployment in 2021.

Captain Angus Essenhigh said:

“I join at an exciting time for the ship following a very successful operational test deployment with UK F-35s off the east coast of the USA last year, and as she continues her development towards the first operational deployment in 2021."

Capt Essenhigh is the fourth commanding officer of the aircraft carrier, having previously been in command of HMS Daring and HMS Protector.

(Captain Angus Essenhigh (r) shakes the hand of the man he's replacing (Commodore Moorhouse). Picture credits: Royal Navy)

During his spell in charge of Daring, he supported the Philippines, following the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 and was eventually awarded an OBE for his humanitarian work.

He was made captain of Protector in 2016 and led the ship on two lengthy missions to Antarctica.

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