Prince William finishes RAF attachment with visit to Middle East and Afghanistan

Published 30 April 2008

Prince William undertook a 30-hour trip to RAF Detachments in theatre at Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan and Al Udeid, Qatar as the culmination of his attachment to the RAF.

The visit, which aimed to put into context his training over the last four months, took place on Sunday 27th April and Monday 28th April.

The Prince flew as part of the Air Crew of a RAF C17, departing on Sunday morning from RAF Brize Norton, returning 30 hours later. The Prince flew the plane for a short period, taking control of the aircraft under supervision.

Prince William joining a flight into operational theatre was under consideration last year, when plans were first being developed for his RAF attachment. Confirmation and detailed planning for the flights began at the beginning of April.

The visit allowed Prince William to get a feel for out-of-area operations; in terms of both the airbridge from the UK to theatre and the opportunity to familiarise himself with RAF operations in Afghanistan (Harrier, Chinook, UAV, C130, RAF Regiment) and Al Udeid (visiting the Combined Air Operations Centre as well as Tornado, VC10 and C130 detachments). He met personnel from a number of units, giving them the opportunity to explain their experiences on operations.

Prince William accompanied Air Officer Commanding (AOC) 22 Group, Air Vice Marshal Dick Garwood, who was visiting personnel in theatre. This gave Prince William the opportunity to see and understand the relationship between the UK chain of command and the deployed units on the ground.

During the last few weeks of Prince William’s attachment, he has had the opportunity to familiarise himself with the structures, capabilities and working conditions of the RAF. He has met RAF personnel of all ranks and specialisations, learnt about the diversity of roles undertaken by the Service and, of course, has realised a lifetime ambition to learn to fly.  Notes to Editors:

Prince William leaves the RAF at the end of this week and begins a 2-month attachment with the Royal Navy in June.

Related content

Feature

The Duke of Cambridge unveiled a new Submariners memorial

The Duke of Cambridge unveiled a new Submariners memorial at the National Arboretum
Feature

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Duke and Duchess attended the St. Patrick's Day Parade at Mons Barracks
Feature

The inaugural Earthshot Prize Ceremony Awards London

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the first ever Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony
Feature

The Duke of Cambridge attended The Royal Foundation’s Emergency Services Mental Health Symposium

The Duke of Cambridge spoke to emergency services from across all four nations.
Feature

The King's Cup

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will host the inaugural regatta The King’s Cup in 2019

A speech delivered by The Duke of Cambridge at a United for Wildlife Joint Taskforce meeting

It has taken a lot of hard work – and real commitment – to get to the point where you are all sitting here together today. And we should all feel proud that we’re starting to...

14 May 2019
Feature

Remembrance 2018

Find out more about how The Royal Family are marking Remembrance 2018

A speech by The Duke of Cambridge at the handover of the Defence & National Rehab Centre to the nation

The Duke of Cambridge's speech at the handover of the Defence & National Rehabilitation Centre to the nation, during which he read the winning poem from the DNRC National...

21 June 2018

A speech delivered by The Duke of Cambridge at the Workplace Wellbeing Conference

I am delighted that The Royal Foundation and Mind will be launching a new Workplace Wellbeing Programme in September to support employers across the country

01 March 2018

A speech by The Duke of Cambridge at The Royal Foundation Forum

When we work together, we are greater than the sum of our parts." – The Duke of Cambridge on the impact of The Royal Foundation and its ability to bring people together to...

28 February 2018

A speech by The Duke of Cambridge at the National Launch of Step into Health, London

Supporting veterans has always been a key plank of the work my brother and I have done through The Royal Foundation. The men and women of our armed forces who stand up to...

18 January 2018

Reading by The Duke of Cambridge at the Last Post ceremony in Belgium

We extend our deep gratitude to the Last Post Association and the people of Ieper for this daily act of homage in honour of our fallen

30 July 2017

A speech by The Duke of Cambridge at The Guild of Health Writers Conference

My thanks to all of you, for your continued focus as journalists on mental health, breaking down the barriers around it.

06 February 2017

A speech by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry at the Heads Together event, London 2017

It is no exaggeration to say that conversations – simple conversations – can be life-changing: in a workplace, in your kitchen at home, with a friend, family member or...

17 January 2017

A speech by The Duke of Cambridge at the Heads Together Unilever Conference

Without employers committed to changing attitudes, we would be pushing a rock uphill – but, with you, we can and will change the way we think about mental health in this...

05 December 2016
Feature

Remembrance 2016

The Queen and the Royal Family attend engagements to mark Remembrance 2016

A speech by The Duke of Cambridge at Kensington Memorial Park

I am delighted to dedicate Kensington Memorial Park as a Centenary Field

10 November 2016

A speech by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry for Heads Together on World Mental Health Day

To us, mental health first aid means getting in there early to support people, before what they're going through becomes more serious or even clinical.

10 October 2016

A speech by The Duke of Cambridge at the NRW 70th Anniversary Gala in Dusseldorf

I am pleased to wish North Rhine-Westphalia, on its 70th anniversary: Alles Gute!

23 August 2016
Press release 28 April 2016

The Duke of Cambridge launches Cyberbullying Taskforce

Read more

A speech by The Duke of Cambridge at the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce declaration signing

Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you so much for joining us here at Buckingham Palace for the signing of this declaration. Lord Hague, on behalf of everyone here, can I say a huge...

15 March 2016
Feature

The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Find out more about the primary vehicle for Their Royal Highnesses' philanthropic work...