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Prince Harry qualifies as aircraft commander

His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales, known in the forces as Captain Wales has qualified as an Apache Aircraft Commander within 3 Regiment of the Army Air Corps, part of 16 Air Assault Brigade’s Attack Helicopter Force.

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Prince Harry can now pilot a helicopter, not just co-pilot.

Captain Wales completed a 6-hour assessment which included having to plan and deliver patrol orders, navigate throughout, fly in a controlled airspace and carry out a simulated attack on RAF Spadeadam.

Prince Harry’s Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Tom de la Rue said: “This is a tremendous achievement for Captain Wales who passed with flying colours. I am delighted that his new status as a qualified Apache Aircraft Commander and Co-Pilot Gunner places him at the very top of his profession.”

Recently, Captain Wales undertook an operational tour of Afghanistan as an Apache Pilot from September 2012 to January 2013, where he worked as part of the Joint Aviation Group (JAG) which provides helicopter support to the International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) and Afghan forces.

Currently, Prince Harry is an officer in the Blues and Royals, but is on secondment to the Army Air Corps. Following the usual precedent for promotion, Captain Wales should be due for promotion to Major from next year.

His brother, the Duke of Cambridge is also in the Armed Forces (Blues & Royals) but is on secondment to the RAF as a Search and Rescue Pilot.

Prince Harry will continue with normal duties as an Apache Pilot based at Wattisham Airfield.

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