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Prince Harry now an Apache chopper commander

By Max Foster, CNN
July 5, 2013 -- Updated 1629 GMT (0029 HKT)
Prince Harry prepares his Apache to go out on a mission
Prince Harry prepares his Apache to go out on a mission

London (CNN) -- Prince Harry has qualified as an Apache helicopter commander, the British Defence Ministry announced Friday.

Formally known as Capt. Harry Wales in the Army, the prince will continue with normal duties as an Apache pilot based at Wattisham Airfield in Suffolk, England.

The qualification is not a promotion, but follows a six-hour assessment of his skills.

Prince Harry, or Capt. Wales as he is known in the British Army, wears a monocle gun sight as he sits in the front seat of an Apache helicopter on December 12, 2012. Harry was stationed at the British-controlled Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan from September 2012 until January 2013. Prince Harry, or Capt. Wales as he is known in the British Army, wears a monocle gun sight as he sits in the front seat of an Apache helicopter on December 12, 2012. Harry was stationed at the British-controlled Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan from September 2012 until January 2013.
Prince Harry serves in Afghanistan
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Photos: Harry serves in Afghanistan Photos: Harry serves in Afghanistan

Harry has served a co-pilot gunner in Afghanistan's Helmand province -- a southern region considered a Taliban heartland -- and flew on scores of missions with the trigger to rockets, missiles and a 30mm cannon at his fingertips.

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