Harry returns to Afghanistan

By Samantha Herbert, MSN News PA
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Prince Harry returns to Afghanistan

Prince Harry has returned to serve as a co-pilot gunner in Afghanistan. See gallery

It's been announced that Prince Harry has returned to Afghanistan where he will serve as a co-pilot gunner in Helmand. He arrived on Thursday for a tour expected to last four months.

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Harry at Camp Bastion

He'll be stationed at Britain's largest Afghan base - Camp Bastion, where he'll take part in British combat missions against the Taliban.

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Harry will fly Apache attack helicopters

Harry qualified as an Apache helicopter pilot in February this year after 18 months of training. He'll will be flying the attack helicopters as a co-pilot gunner.

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Risk to Harry is 'low'

Of the 67 flown by the British Army, no Apache helicopters have been shot down in Aghanistan. The Ministry of Defence regard the risk to Apache crew members as "low".

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Captain Jock Gordon - Harry's commanding Officer

Commander of the Joint Aviation Group, Captain Jock Gordon will be Prince Harry's commanding Officer at Camp Bastion. He said: "He will be in a difficult and demanding job. And I ask that he be left to get on with his duties and allowed to focus on delivering support to the coalition troops on the ground."

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Harry first served in Afghanistan in 2008. That tour of duty was kept a secret and lasted 77 days before he was pulled out, following publication of the story by the German and Australian media.

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The prince, known as Captain Wales in the military was publicly disappointed to have been removed from combat in 2008. In April he complained of how pointless his training was if he wasn't allowed to fly. "I'd just be taking up a spare place for somebody else if they didn't have me going out on the job."

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Harry is first royal to see combat since the Falklands

The prince who turns 28 next week is the first member of the Royal Family to see active combat since his uncle, Prince Andrew fought in the Falklands war.