It was announced today that His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales is set to officially the Royal Navy’s new £30 million centre of amphibious excellence in Plymouth. While in the city, Prince Harry will also attend a parade and VIP reception at the new centre.
This will be Prince Harry’s first visit to Plymouth since November 2008 where he launched the Khumbu Challenge, which is an adventure training excersise for wounded service personnel, which took place at the base of Mount Everest.
Colonel Garth Manger, Commanding Officer of 1 Assault Group Royal Marines said: “Having Prince Harry open Royal Marines Tamar is a great honour and serves to highlight the importance of this new bespoke amphibious base.”
Prince Harry has been Commodore-in-Chief of Small Ships and Diving since 2006. In fact, it was his first honorary military appointment. Commodore-in-Chief is an honorary Royal Navy appointment bestowed by The Queen on some members of the Royal Family on 8 August 2006.
Whereas in the Army, for example, members of the Royal Family could be appointed honorary colonels, there was no equivalent in the Royal Navy – the introduction of Commondores-in-Chief changed that.
Prince Harry’s brother, The Duke of Cambridge is Commodore-in-Chief of Scotland and of Submarines.