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    Prince Harry has been deployed to Afghanistan for four months, the Ministry of Defence says.

    The prince, an Apache helicopter pilot, arrived on Thursday night at the main British base, Camp Bastion in Helmand.

    The 27-year-old, who is third in line to the throne, will take part in combat missions against the Taliban.

    It is his second Afghanistan deployment - he spent 10 weeks in Helmand province in 2007-08 but was pulled out after media reported his secret deployment.

    Captain Wales, as he is known in the military, arrived as part of the 100-strong 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment, Army Air Corps.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19516079

    "You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life." Churchill

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    "In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason."
    Ernest Hemingway.

    "We're all going to die, all of us; what a circus! That alone should make us love each other, but it doesn't. We are terrorised and flattened by trivialities."
    Bukowski

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    • #3
      Not hard to believe the Royal Family want him out of the spotlight and out of trouble - but his insistence on seeing combat in Afghanistan, first as an infantryman and now as a helicopter pilot, is certainly to be commended, especially considering he could have stayed back home if he wanted, and was pressured to do so.
      You, the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace, after having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.

      -- Ataturk

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      • #4
        Why the change?

        Last time, he was deployed in secret then rapidly withdrawn when his presence was revealed due to security concerns for him and the men in his unit.

        This time, his deployment is public knowledge from the start.

        This could end badly. What on earth would unfold were he to be captured?


        Philip
        "The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts."— Bertrand Russell

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        • #5
          Originally posted by PhilipLaos View Post
          Why the change?

          Last time, he was deployed in secret then rapidly withdrawn when his presence was revealed due to security concerns for him and the men in his unit.

          This time, his deployment is public knowledge from the start.

          This could end badly. What on earth would unfold were he to be captured?


          Philip
          What would happen. Well in a thousand years time people will be scaring their children into behaving with "if you don't stop doing that the British will come and get you"
          "Sometimes its better to light a flamethrower than to curse the darkness" T Pratchett

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          • #6
            Originally posted by PhilipLaos View Post
            Why the change?

            Last time, he was deployed in secret then rapidly withdrawn when his presence was revealed due to security concerns for him and the men in his unit.

            This time, his deployment is public knowledge from the start.

            This could end badly. What on earth would unfold were he to be captured?


            Philip
            Maybe to quieten the recent "scandal"?
            "We have no white flag."

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            • #7
              Originally posted by GMan88 View Post
              Maybe to quieten the recent "scandal"?
              No. This deployment has been in the works for months while he has been training on Apache strike helicopters.

              Now the Taliban know where he is based, the name and number of personnel in his unit and what exactly he will be doing (flying Apache strike helicopters out of Camp Bastion). The Taliban have targeted British Apaches in the past, but have so far failed to bring one down. Not sure about US Apaches.


              Philip
              "The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts."— Bertrand Russell

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              • #8
                I wondered if he was deployed to 'cool his jets.'
                This bass guitar kills TERRORISTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                • #9
                  Just because he goes does not automatically mean he'll fly combat missions. There are a couple othe uses for a qualified pilot than just flying missions.
                  "Ask not what your country can do for you"

                  Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

                  you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Half Pint John View Post
                    Just because he goes does not automatically mean he'll fly combat missions. There are a couple othe uses for a qualified pilot than just flying missions.
                    The article specifically says he'll be flying combat missions as an Apache gunner.
                    You, the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace, after having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.

                    -- Ataturk

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by PhilipLaos View Post
                      No. This deployment has been in the works for months while he has been training on Apache strike helicopters.

                      Now the Taliban know where he is based, the name and number of personnel in his unit and what exactly he will be doing (flying Apache strike helicopters out of Camp Bastion). The Taliban have targeted British Apaches in the past, but have so far failed to bring one down. Not sure about US Apaches.


                      Philip
                      Several accidents, but no Apache has been shot down in Afghanistan.

                      The British Army claim the risk of an Apache pilot is "low".
                      You, the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace, after having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.

                      -- Ataturk

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                      • #12
                        I think that third string Royals need a purpose in their lives that brings them recognition solely for themselves, not just as Royals.

                        The last generation of Royals included Prince Andrew, who got the nickname of Randy Andy for his association with a porn starlet named Koo Stark.




                        When he went to the Falklands, he got a reputation as a chopper pilot with ice water ion his veins when he voluntarily flew missions to decoy Exocet anti-shipping missiles using himself as the target - the Royal Navy's equivalent of Wild Weasel and Iron hand missions.
                        Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Crackshot View Post
                          The article specifically says he'll be flying combat missions as an Apache gunner.
                          Wait, we'll see. It would be foolish for The House of Windsor to take such risk imo. Not that his life is more important but IF he were to get shot down, captrued it wasn't worth that risk. The Taliban would have a field day with it and place the UK between the old rock and a hard place. No need for it. Do note I don;t think highly of the Royal family and Nobility.
                          "Ask not what your country can do for you"

                          Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

                          you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
                            I think that third string Royals need a purpose in their lives that brings them recognition solely for themselves, not just as Royals.

                            The last generation of Royals included Prince Andrew, who got the nickname of Randy Andy for his association with a porn starlet named Koo Stark.




                            When he went to the Falklands, he got a reputation as a chopper pilot with ice water ion his veins when he voluntarily flew missions to decoy Exocet anti-shipping missiles using himself as the target - the Royal Navy's equivalent of Wild Weasel and Iron hand missions.
                            She sure doesn't look like Camilla
                            "Ask not what your country can do for you"

                            Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

                            you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Half Pint John View Post
                              Do note I don;t think highly of the Royal family and Nobility.
                              That's okay, neither does my mom.
                              You, the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace, after having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.

                              -- Ataturk

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