Duke Of Cambridge Qualifies As RAF Search And Rescue Captain

Almost two years after joining the Royal Air Force Search and Rescue Force, the Duke of Cambridge has qualified to be an operational captain, meaning he can lead missions in RAF Sea King helicopters by himself.

William, 29, who helped save the lives of Russian seamen whose cargo vessel sank in the Irish Sea last November, previously only co-piloted the aircraft. The advancement – which is not technically a promotion, as William remains a flight lieutenant – comes after two years of flying experience and study with C Flight, 22 Squadron at RAF Valley in Anglesey, Wales.

William also successfully completed several ground- and air-based practical tests over a two-day period. They included an airborne search for a yacht, a search for people in water, extinguishing a simulated fire on a large survey vessel, and a search for two missing kayakers.

Flight Lieutenant Wales, as he is known in the military, “demonstrated the required standards needed for the award of operation captaincy,” Mark Dunlop, one of William’s commanding officers, said.

We are definitely happy for the Duke’s new achievement in the RAF, and we’re sure the Duchess of Cambridge is very proud of him, too! But in the middle of his ever-busy RAF schedule, everybody wants to know: When do you think should Prince William focus more on his plan to have an heir of his own?

Source: People

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Reunited After 7 Weeks

He’s back! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been reunited – after being apart for seven weeks – when he returned from duty in the remote south Atlantic.

Early Wednesday morning, William, 29, flew back from the Falkland Islands to Britain with the rest of his Royal Air Force Search and Rescue helicopter crew. Kate, 30, met him at the airbase.

“The Duke of Cambridge returned to the U.K. this morning following completion of a routine operational deployment in the Falkland Islands as part of a four man Search and Rescue crew. He will now have a brief period of leave before resuming Search and Rescue duties from RAF Valley shortly,” said an official statement.

Now that they’re back together, Kate and William will be at their cottage at Kensington Palace. He will also see members of his family, such as grandmother Queen Elizabeth, and no doubt re-bond with puppy Lupo. It is anticipated that William will have several days off, which the couple “will spend privately,” a spokesman says. Kate is not expected to be undertaking any public engagements for several weeks.

William will next have to report for duty at his airbase in Anglesey, North Wales.

Source: People

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