Prince Harry to be redeployed in Afghanistan: Report
Prince Harry may be redeployed to the frontline in war-torn Afghanistan, following his selection to fly the Apache gunship, one of the British Army's fiercest choppers, a media report said.Updated: May 07, 2010 17:37 IST
Prince Harry may be redeployed to the frontline in war-torn Afghanistan, following his selection to fly the Apache gunship, one of the British Army's fiercest choppers, a media report said.
The 25-year-old the third-in-line to the British throne has successfully completed his Army Pilots' Course and is now eligible to fly the Apache gunship, British tabloid The Sun quoted St James' Palace as saying.
British army chiefs thought it was best suited to his skills and it could mean he is redeployed to Afghanistan where he has already served as an air controller, the report said.
Harry will be awarded his provisional wings by his dad, Prince Charles, at a ceremony.
Harry said: "It is a huge honour to have the chance to train on the Apache, which is an awesome helicopter. There is still a huge mountain for me to climb if I am to pass the Apache training course.
"To be honest, I think it will be one of the biggest challenges in my life so far. I am very determined, though, as I do not want to let down people who have shown faith in my ability to fly this aircraft on operations. It is a seriously daunting prospect but I can't wait."
The Apache has proved vital in the conflict with the Taliban, helped by its 16 Hellfire missiles, high-velocity tungsten rockets, chain gun and air-to-air missiles.
Two years back Harry was deployed in the frontline in Afghanistan but his secret deployment with British military had to be cut short after some 10 weeks following disclosures in the media.