New captain speaks of pride after taking the helm of HMS Warrior

27/03/14  SA''The outgoing captain of HMS Warrior Ken Jones (right), hands over the running of the ship to its new master, retired Royal Navy Commander, Tim Ash.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (14869-4) PPP-140327-160127003

27/03/14 SA''The outgoing captain of HMS Warrior Ken Jones (right), hands over the running of the ship to its new master, retired Royal Navy Commander, Tim Ash.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (14869-4) PPP-140327-160127003

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After 30 years of service in the Royal Navy, Commander Tim Ash’s retirement from the sea has been a little short-lived.

Cdr Ash, 53, left the navy last month after working in both the regular and reserve forces.

But only a month later, the married father-of-three has taken over as captain of HMS Warrior, at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.

He replaces Commander Ken Jones, who has held the post for eight years.

Yesterday, Cdr Jones officially handed over the captaincy in a small ceremony on board the ship.

Cdr Ash told The News: ‘I feel very privileged to take up this role, and I don’t use that word lightly.

‘I’m looking forward to working with the people in the dockyard to continue what has been an extraordinary year.

‘I look at myself as a temporary custodian, and there are lots of people here who have been working on this ship since she first came here.

‘My first thing is to understand what we have got here and where it’s going in the context of the dockyard.’

The captain of HMS Warrior also serves as the chief executive of the HMS Warrior preservation trust.

Cdr Ash served in the regular forces since 1991, originally as a specialist in mine countermeasures.

He commanded two River-class minesweepers, and later went on to work in several different naval operations including education and personnel services.

Cdr Ash worked on the organising teams for the Trafalgar 200 commemorations and the International Festival of the Sea in 2005.

His final appointment was as executive officer of Portsmouth naval base.

The outgoing captain, Cdr Jones, 67, from Chichester, said: ‘It has been an interesting time for me and a good, fun time as well.

‘I have worked with some really good members of the crew and the visitors are great too because they help keep you on your toes.

‘I think this is a good time for me to go because there are lots of fantastic things happening at the dockyard now and it’s a good time for somebody else to come in and take it further.

‘With things like the Mary Rose Museum they have done some great things here and Warrior is the gatekeeper to the dockyard.’

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