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Posted on Thursday 9th February

His Royal Highness Prince Harry has completed his Apache training and been names as the best co-pilot gunner in his training course.

Captain Wales, as he is known in the Army, and his fellow trainees have completed the Conversion to Role course involving 18 months of rigorous training on the Apache attack helicopter.

More than 20 students finished the course alongside Captain Wales. The Apache Force Commander, Colonel Neale Moss, congratulated the students at a dinner given to mark the end of the course on 7 February, stating that they are now up to the challenge of operating one of the most sophisticated attack helicopters in the world.

Captain Wales was awarded the prize of best co-pilot gunner – a polished 30mm round from an Apache cannon mounted on a stand – after he was judged as being the best student amongst his peer group.

A major part of the two-part CTR course is a two-month exercise in the US known as Crimson Eagle.

Captain Wales will now be assigned to 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, where he will gain wider experience flying Apaches and taking part in exercises in the United Kingdom.

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