Sunday, June 01, 2008
Prince William will begin a two-month tour of duty with the Royal Navy on Tuesday with HMS Iron Duke, a frigate on hurricane relief duty and counter-narcotics patrols.
HMS Iron Duke F-234But while senior officers claimed the 25-year-old prince would not receive special treatment, they admitted the placement was an abbreviated version of the normal two-year training most young officers received. It was also the safest possible assignment they could offer William. Sub-Lieutenant William Arthur Philip Louis Windsor (Prince William)'It will be a real thrill and a privilege, and not a pain, for the ship's company to have the opportunity of showing our future king what we do,' said Rear Admiral Robert Cooling, assistant chief of naval staff.