8 Sep 2012

Prince Harry returns to Afghanistan

1:37 pm on 8 September 2012

Prince Harry has begun a new tour of duty with the British army in Afghanistan.

The prince, an Apache helicopter pilot, arrived on Thursday night at the main British base, Camp Bastion in Helmand.

The 27-year-old will take part in combat missions against the Taliban, the BBC reports.

It is his second Afghanistan deployment. He spent 10 weeks in Helmand province in 2007-08 but was pulled out after media reported his secret deployment.

Prince Harry is third in line to the throne and the first member of the British Royal Family to see active combat since his uncle, Prince Andrew, fought in the Falklands war.

The prince qualified as an Apache helicopter pilot in February this year after 18 months of training in the UK and the US.