The first seagoing Captain for the Royal Navy’s second aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, has been named as Captain Stephen Moorhouse.
He will take over next year from Captain Ian Groom, who is serving as the Senior Naval Officer on board HMS Prince of Wales during the carrier’s build programme.
At a dinner tonight to celebrate naming of HMS Prince of Wales, I was able to introduce her 1st Commanding Officer – Capt Stephen Moorhouse. pic.twitter.com/TzYKwMSZ3N
— First Sea Lord (@AdmPhilipJones) September 6, 2017
Captain Moorhouse said:
“I am honoured to have been appointed as the first seagoing Captain of HMS Prince of Wales, a hugely exciting job to be in at such an important time for the Royal Navy.
Seeing our sister ship HMS Queen Elizabeth make her debut in Portsmouth last month was an amazing sight and I look forward to one day bringing HMS Prince of Wales home to the same warm welcome.
Until then the ship’s company in Rosyth will continue to grow and they have much to be proud of in all the work they have done so far, working with our civilian industry partners to bring this ship to life.”
Captain Moorhouse is a former Commanding Officer of HMS Ocean and HMS Lancaster, known as the ‘Queen’s Frigate’ because Her Majesty is the ship’s sponsor.