Prince Harry says he is ‘incredibly fortunate’ to have worked with Australian forces

Prince Harry today finished his month-long attachment to the Australian military and described himself as ‘incredibly fortunate’ to have worked with the Australian Defence Force.

Images of Captain Wales, who is due to begin a tour of New Zealand on Saturday, have been released by the Australian military, showing what Harry has been up to.

During his time in Australia, Harry completed a number of tasks that the defence force would be expected to do. This includes a counter-terrorism exercise with a special force unit, 2 Commando Regiment, abseiling from a helicopter as part of an urban warfare task, and being trained at detonating an IED.

“I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have worked with these guys,” Harry told local media.

The Prince spent some time in Australian waters as he trained with the Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers near Sydney Harbour. He even got a chance to try out bush skills, like sourcing food and water, having spent time with the North-West Mobile Force; this unit patrols northern Australia, which encompasses the harsh climate of the bush.

Harry is even pictured with a military dog, and holding a sniper, as he worked with the Australian Special Air Service Regiment snipers.

“Captain Wales challenged himself against elements of the gruelling SASR selection course, including a fitness test and a physical training session with SASR selection candidates,” the Australian Department of Defence said.

He has spent time in Perth, Darwin and Sydney as he prepares to leave the British Army, and during his time of he was spotted numerous times in restaurants. The move to leave the army after 10 years’ service was announced back in March, and Harry described it as ‘a really tough decision’.

Unsurprisingly, the 30-year-old was keen to meet with wounded servicemen, and met Lt Alistair Spearing, a Brit who had travelled to Macquarie University Hospital, Sydney, to be fitted with prosthetic legs. The operational procedure is a new one, and Harry has been in ‘talks and negotiations’ with Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis, who performed the surgery, to try and get more of this treatment carried out in the UK.

Harry spearheaded the Invictus Games last year, a paralympic-style games for those injured in the line of service.

Featured photo: Ministry of Defence

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Irene Ebinah Udoh Sun 31 May, 2015 - 7:08 pm

well done Captain, is not and easy task to service as and Army official for ten year’s, it remained me about my late father that was with the Nigeria Army for twenty one years, as a kid growing up in the barracks was a great experience and a wonderful opportunity for me and my brothers and sister,I believed growing up in barracks gave me a strong root off knowing my child wood I am so proud of you my beloved,regard your girl,xx


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