Prince William completes search and rescue tour of duty in Wales
PRINCE William has completed his search and rescue tour of duty in Wales.
The royal, who had been known as Flight Lieutenant William Wales in his day job with the RAF, had an uneventful 24 hour last shift.
His work with the RAF Search and Rescue Force in Anglesey finished at 9.30am on Tuesday.
During the 24 hours he was on duty he was involved in a routine training flight but there were no incidents requiring the crew to be called in across North Wales or the Irish Sea.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford KCB CBE ADC RAF, Chief of the Air Staff, said: “Flight Lieutenant Wales has been an integral part of the Royal Air Force’s Search and Rescue Force, as a Sea King pilot on No. 22 Squadron, based at Royal Air Force Valley for the past three years. “Throughout his tour his airmanship, often in the most demanding of conditions, has contributed directly to saving lives in the mountains of North Wales and from the ravages of the Irish Sea. “He has earned the respect of all who have worked with him as a highly professional and competent pilot.”
Following the completion of the Sea King Operational Conversion Course at RAF Valley with No 203 (Reserve) Squadron, Flight Lieutenant Wales remained on the base, joining C Flight of No 22 Squadron back on September 21, 2010.
His flying career followed the path of all newly-graduated pilots, serving initially as a co-pilot before progressing through a range of qualifications to become an operational aircraft Captain on May 30, 2012.
He got a total of 1,301 flying hours under his belt in a range of aircraft, including the Tucano fixed-wing training aircraft, followed by more flying in the Squirrel, Griffin and Sea King helicopters.
During his three years of operational search and rescue flying he has accumulated 628 hours and 30 minutes flying in the yellow Sea King helicopter — equal to his fellow Sea King pilots.
During this time he spent with the service, he devoted 231 hours and 25 minutes conducting 156 individual search and rescue operations.
It led to 149 people being rescued, often when no other hope existed of extracting them safely from the situation they were in.