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Posted on Thursday 7th June

Prince William has qualified a Search and Rescue Operational Captain, after passing the tests, meaning that he is now able to lead rescues in Royal Air Force Sea King helicopters - day or night - in all weathers.

The Operational Captaincy check, involved ground- and air-based practical tests spread over a two-day period. It is the culmination of almost two years of flying experience and study on C Flight, since joining 22 Squadron, based at RAF Valley in Anglesey.

Flight Lieutenant Wales successfully completed airborne tests before his crew were called out for a real-life rescue operation where a rig worker with chest pains was transferred from 30 miles (48km) off the Lancashire coast to Blackpool Hospital.

Operational Captaincy of a SAR Sea King is a highly responsible position and a significant milestone in a co-pilot's career. Co-pilots are rigorously assessed and scrutinized for their suitability for this role.

Further Reading

The RAF Air Sea Rescue Service 1918-1986

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The RAF Air Sea Rescue Service 1918-1986

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by Jon Sutherland

Between 1918 and 1986 the marine branch of the Royal Air Force provided rescue facilities, support and other services to this armed service. In its pre-1941 guise as the Air Sea Rescue service, the RAF had an inventory of over 200 motorboats, supported by float aircraft engaged in rescue, towing, refueling and servicing RAF aircraft. Amongst the many characters of this early period was none other than Lawrence of Arabia.

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