Prince Harry visits RAF Honington

ROYAL VISIT HONINGTON''Prince Harry visits troops stationed at RAF Honington.
ROYAL VISIT HONINGTON''Prince Harry visits troops stationed at RAF Honington.
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PRINCE Harry visited RAF Honington today to present Service Commendation medals to RAF personnel.

The prince, who was appointed as Honorary Air Commandant of the base by The Queen in October 2008, met troops and their families as well as families of servicemen currently serving in Afghanistan.

The visit comes just days after Prince Harry passed his Apache pilot training at Wattisham air base after 18 gruelling months training with the sophisticated attack helicopter.

At a dinner on Wednesday, the prince received a prize for topping his class as best co-pilot gunner.

Prince Harry seemed relaxed and smiled as he met members of the regiment based at RAF Honington.

Senior Aircraftsman (SAC) Josh Brown, who showed him equipment used to fire mortars, said it was a great honour to meet the prince.

He said: “It is bit surreal when you see him first but when you speak to him he is a normal down to earth guy.

“It is just like talking to another squaddie.”

After meeting troops and being shown weapons and equipment used by the regiment, Prince Harry chatted to the families of serving troops.

The prince last visited RAF Honington in July 2010, where he presented the Elizabeth Cross medal to two servicemen killed in Afghanistan.

The Apache helicopter has been used in Afghanistan during the conflict to protect and support ground troops.

RAF Honington, as the base for the Royal Air Force Regiment - the ground fighting force of the RAF - have received Apache support in the war torn country.

For more pictures see Friday’s Bury Free Press