Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The Royal Navy officer removed from command of HMS Queen Elizabeth after being accused of misusing the ship’s car has resigned, The Telegraph understands. Commodore Nick Cooke-Priest was stripped of his command of the fleet’s newest aircraft carrier in May over a claim that he treated the Ford Galaxy “like it was his own”. After a farcical fall-out with the Royal Navy’s senior echelons, it is understood the Commodore has now handed in his notice.In line with all military officer commissions, Cdre Cooke-Priest will have a one-year notice period. However, it is unlikely he will serve much, if any, of this once his leave entitlements and periods of resettlement are taken into account. If there are a few weeks outstanding, once the individuals specific leave entitlements are calculated, it is normal practice for service personnel to be allowed to stay at home and concentrate on transitioning back into civilian life – known as ‘gardening leave’ – rather than expect them to take on a new job for a short period of time. The Telegraph understands that as well as being removed from command of Britain’s newest aircraft carrier, Cdre Cooke-Priest received a written censure over the episode. However, it is thought the loss of command and the expectation that this would mean future advancement in the Royal Navy would be extremely unlikely, rather than the written censure, was the reason for his resignation. Commodore Nick Cooke-Priest has been stripped of his command Credit:PA HMS Queen Elizabeth A Ministry of Defence 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.”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.” Cooke-Priest specialised as a Lynx helicopter observer after joining the Royal Navy. A decade of flying appointments followed, primarily at sea, and included an instructional tour and as Flight Commander of HMS Exeter. The captain’s dismissal turned into farce last month when it was announced that he would still take the helm of the ship to sail from Rosyth to Portsmouth, only for that decision to be quickly reversed by the Royal Navy and the captain flown off the ship. Cdre Cooke-Priest was reprimanded after he allowed his wife to use the ship’s vehicle for personal trips including the school run, The Telegraph understands.Commodore Cooke-Priest, who joined the Royal Navy in 1990, had only been in command of the 280-metre, 65,000-tonne vessel, described by the Royal Navy as an “awe-inspiring warship” capable of carrying up to 40 aircraft, since last October.He was never warned that using the Ford Galaxy for personal journeys was in breach of rules, The Sun reports. He was promoted to Commander in 2009 and that year in HMS Kent escorted the Queen during a royal tour.On HMS Iron Duke, he was deployed to the Arabian Gulf and in 2011 to Libya as part of Operation Ellamy.Assuming command of HMS Bulwark, the Fleet Flag Ship, in January 2015 and leading the UK’s contribution to the Gallipoli centenary commemorations in the same year are other highlights of his successful career.He is a married father of three sons and was awarded an OBE in 2016.