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Flight Lt. Wales takes up his duties in the Falkland Islands

Saturday, February 4th 2012 - 17:25 UTC
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Prince William at 1564 Flt Search&Rescue offices in Mount Pleasent Complex Prince William at 1564 Flt Search&Rescue offices in Mount Pleasent Complex

Flt Lt Wales has commenced his duties as an RAF Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter pilot in the Falkland Islands providing Search and Rescue cover for both the civilian and military population.

Flt Lt Wales is part of a four man crew providing SAR cover for a six week tour of duty, his role is to operate as a Sea King co-pilot, a post he has held at RAF Valley in Anglesey since qualifying.

His first shift involved briefings on the unique and challenging flying environment of the Falkland Islands and familiarisation with the location and the job he is to perform.

The Officer Commanding Search and Rescue, Squadron Leader Miles Bartlett, said, “A posting to operations in the Falklands is a vital part of the career progression for a Search and Rescue pilot. The experience they get here is second to none. It is a challenging and varied job providing an essential capability to the Military and the Falkland Islands population.”

This detachment to the Falklands offers Flt Lt Wales excellent experience and training opportunities to develop his career as a SAR pilot. SAR crews have to contend with a variety of challenging conditions as the weather on the islands is often changeable and a significant number of the population live in very remote and rugged areas. Whilst SAR remains their primary responsibility crews can be expected to complete a multitude of challenging tasks including rescuing fishermen from trawlers, taking seriously ill patients to hospital, putting out peat fires or dropping off vital supplies to the isolated areas of the islands.

Flight Lieutenant Wales has deployed purely in an RAF role and will not be completing any ceremonial roles as the Duke of Cambridge. A six week deployment to the Falklands is conventional for SAR pilots at this stage of their career. (MoD PR)

Categories: Politics, Falkland Islands.

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  • dreyfoss

    Britain sends nuclear sub to Falklands. Captain ordered to invaed Buenos Aires and fight his way to Casa Rosads to deliver picture of Queen and very strong letter to La Presidenta telling he to go up her Junta!
    This is war!
    Daily Mail hysterical !

    Feb 05th, 2012 - 02:05 am 0
  • Lord Ton

    Britain should Tremble

    Feb 05th, 2012 - 04:41 am 0
  • johnfarrel2050

    Here we have the british pirate prince with his huge war vessel doing nonsense in the Malvinas Islands, that obviously belong to Argentina. William first needs to begin learning to work of something and stop travelling with the money of government. It´s very easy to travel around the world spending a lot of money and resources without making any effort to earn them. Obviously, if william does some charity it´s very good action but it´s very easy to do it with the money of others as in this case that the money is provided by the government only to improve his bad public image. William is clearly only a, pirate thief, paid by UK. Clearly, If he hadn´t all of this privileges, he would have to obtain a serious work and he would have to stop doing idiot things, for example, visiting and stealing argentine territories, among others.

    Feb 05th, 2012 - 05:14 am 0
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