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William to visit special forces

Prince William
William's attachments are intended to familiarise him with the Armed Forces

Prince William is to spend time with special forces in the next stage of his army career, Clarence House has said.

The prince will return to the Army on a secondment and will also spend time at the Ministry of Defence with the Army Air Corps.

He will not take part in any operational missions, a spokesman said.

William recently completed a two-month attachment to the Royal Navy, which included five weeks on board HMS Iron Duke in the Caribbean.

He has also served as an officer in the Household Cavalry regiment as part of a process to familiarise him with the British Armed Forces.

William's final attachments are expected to take place in autumn 2008.

Tactics and capabilities

Clarence House said the prince would work with the Central Staff at the MoD, allowing him see how the three branches of the Armed Forces are directed.

The locations of his special forces visits have not been disclosed.

Afterwards, he will learn about helicopter tactics and capabilities with the Army Air Corps, where he is expected to extend his experience as a pilot at the helm of various aircraft.

Previously, he underwent basic seamanship training and completed a series of secondments as part of his two-month attachment to the Royal Navy.

During his five weeks on board HMS Iron Duke, he joined a Royal Navy rescue team on a hurricane disaster exercise in the Caribbean.

Chinook controversy

He was also involved in two interception operations during the vessel's anti-drug patrols.

The prince has also spent four months with the RAF, during which time he took part in an operational flight to Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he met frontline troops.

He was awarded "wings" by his father, the Prince of Wales.

However, the MoD was forced to defend his actions after he used a Chinook helicopter training exercise to fly himself and his brother, Prince Harry, to a stag do on the Isle of Wight.




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