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Prince Harry is back in Afghanistan

- September 7th, 2012
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Prince Harry is in Afghanistan, the military says. (Photo: John Stillwell/REUTERS)

This is one way to avoid the paparazzi after your game of naked pool goes viral.

Prince Harry has returned to Afghanistan, the British Army said Friday.

Captain Wales arrived at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province where he will start a four-month tour as an Apache pilot.

The military said Harry’s squadron will provide surveillance, deterrence and, when required, close combat attack capabilities as well as escort duties for other aircraft.

“Captain Wales is a serving soldier and a qualified Apache Pilot having completed the Apache Conversion to Role (CTR) course earlier this year. As such, and after further flying experience, he has deployed along with the rest of the squadron as part of a long-planned and scheduled deployment to provide support to ISAF and Afghan forces operating in Helmand,”  Lt Col Tom de la Rue said in the release.

“It is a demanding job for my soldiers and all of them including Captain Wales are now focussing on the job in hand. I have every confidence that the team will deliver what is asked of them.”

Some might think it’s risky to announce the third in line to the throne is in Afghanistan, but the military notes Harry’s arrival was planned and “ the threat to him and others around him thoroughly assessed.”

Harry previously fought in Afghanistan in 2007.