Prince Harry To Begin Attachment With Australian Defense Force
Prince Harry will arrive in Australia on April 6 to begin his month-long attachment with the Australian Defense Force or ADF, the palace has announced. The attachment was also confirmed by ADF ahead of Prince Harry’s arrival on Monday.
Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the army, is tremendously looking forward to be with the ADF, the palace said in a statement. Captain Wales has trained and served with the ADF during one of his operational tours to Afghanistan. He has also met with the ADF during the Invictus Games and had even trekked to the South Pole with a couple of Australian soldiers. Hence, he has natural respect, affinity and admiration for Australian servicemen and women even before the attachment was announced. He said he will fortify these relationships he had already established in the past during his month-long training with them.
Prince Harry knows he will learn a lot from his Australian colleagues and wishes he could impart the same level of learning to them. He hoped to share his knowledge cultivated by 10 years of military service in the UK Army. Captain Wales has commanded an Apache aircraft, organized the Invictus Games and undertook two tours of duty in Afghanistan.
Pince Harry’s arrival in Australia
Upon arriving Australia, Price Harry will travel to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra where he will join the Governor General, The Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC, and senior government officials to visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and view World War I and Afghanistan galleries. At the end of the visit, he will have the chance to greet members of the public outside the Australian War Memorial’s main entrance, ADF said in a separate announcement.
Captain Wales will then meet with the Chief of Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC for duty. The Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO and other senior Army officers will join Prince Harry to officially mark the start of his military attachment with the Australian Army.
Prince Harry will work and live with his Australian colleagues in a number of regiments in Sydney, Darwin and Perth. He will participate in different training exercises including urban training exercises, regional bush patrols, flight simulation and aviation activities, joint fire exercises, indigenous engagements activities, physical training and pack marches. He will also be meeting wounded, injured and ill service personnel.
During his attachment, Prince Harry will travel from Australia to Turkey for his attendance to the Gallipoli Commemorations on April 24 and 25.
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