31/07/2008

William To Work In Defence Role

Royal officials have revealed that Prince William will spend time attached to UK special forces to complete an existing series of military secondments in the autumn.

Part of a plan to give the Prince experience in all branches of the armed forces, William, 26, will pay "non-operational" visits to special forces troops and also serve briefly with the Army Air Corps.

The locations of his special forces' visits has not been disclosed and he will not take part in any operational missions, a spokesman said.

The prince will also learn about helicopter tactics and capabilities during his training.

William recently completed an attachment with the Royal Navy onboard the warship HMS Iron Duke on anti-drug and disaster-relief duties in the Atlantic and Caribbean.

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

The young royal is already a junior officer in the army and also earned his wings in the Royal Air Force.

Clarence House say that the year long programme is intended to familiarize William with "the capability, organisation, equipment and ethos" of Britain's armed forces.

William is second in line to the throne.

See: Royal Role As Iron Duke Seizes Drugs

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