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Prince Andrew visits Iraq troops
Prince Andrew in Basra
Prince Andrew visited Iraqi and British troops
The Duke of York has made a flying visit to troops in Southern Iraq who recently lost three comrades.

Prince Andrew - who is Colonel-in-Chief of the Staffordshire regiment - was flown by helicopter into Basra.

The last three British soldiers killed in Iraq were from the regiment. The Prince was given a tour of the region.

He said: "I would like to add my thanks to all service personnel for their courage, hard work and determination in supporting their country."

The Prince was flown by helicopter into Basra from RAF Benson for the one-day trip.

He stopped off at Maysaan province north of Basra and the Shaibah Logistics Base.

He also visited the Iraqi Navy based at Umm Qasr Naval Base and paid his respects at memorials to soldiers who lost their lives recently.

Around 1,000 British troops are currently serving in Maysaan.

At the Umm Qasr Naval Base he met the deputy operations commander of the Iraqi Navy and inspected patrol boats that carry out essential oil platform security duties in the gulf.


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