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Prince Harry Is Officially A 'Combat Ready' Pilot

by Krista Wick 4:01 PM PST, February 08, 2012
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After 18 grueling months of training around the globe, Prince Harry has officially earned the right to protect his country in air combat for the Royal Army.

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Formerly titled as a British Army Air Corps captain, the prince officially became a fully-operational Apache Attack Helicopter Pilot following a ceremonial dinner today at the RAF Wattisham Royal Air Force station in Suffolk, England.

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Additionally, Harry was awarded the prestigious honor of "best Co-Pilot Gunner" in the ceremony presided by Air Force Commander Colonel Neale Moss. The award, a polished 30 mm round from an Apache cannon mounted on a stand, is only the second ever to have been handed out to an officer.

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The Prince, who has now attained Limited Combat Ready status, will be assigned to 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps within 16 Air Assault Brigade, where he will spend time gaining experience flying as part of a Squadron executing various pre-deployment training exercises.

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