Australian Army preparing for Prince of Wales to join ranks

Prince Harry is set to leave the armed forces this year, will move to Australia before his active military duties end. Photo Contributed
Prince Harry is set to leave the armed forces this year, will move to Australia before his active military duties end. Photo Contributed Contributed

THE Australian Defence Force is preparing to welcome Prince Harry to the Australian Army.

Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin said Prince Harry, or Captain Harry Wales as he is known in the British Army, will be embedded with a number of Australian Army units and regiments in Sydney, Darwin and Perth.

"We have prepared a challenging program that will see Captain Wales deploy on urban and field training exercises, domestic deployments, as well as participate in Indigenous engagement activities.

"The attachment will also provide Captain Wales with an opportunity to gain greater insight into our Army's domestic operating environment and capabilities.

"While all our units are highly capable, we have selected those units that best utilise Captain Wales' skill sets and give him some experience of the diverse range of capability we have within the ADF," Air Chief Marshal Binskin said.

"Importantly, we are pleased that Captain Wales will be able to see first hand the work the ADF is doing to support wounded, injured and ill members," Air Chief Marshal Binskin said.

"The British and Australian armies have a shared military history as well as a long and enduring association. Secondments, exchanges, bilateral training and professional development opportunities between our two armies are routine practice.

"Captain Wales' embed with the Australian Army is an extension of his regular British Army duties. It will build on his previous experience with coalition forces along with his advocacy work with wounded, injured and ill service personnel.

"It is also an opportunity for Australian Army personnel to learn from their British counterpart and I know our Diggers will welcome Captain Wales into the ranks when he arrives in Australia next month," Air Chief Marshal Binksin said.

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