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COMMANDER OF THE HELM.

PRINCE William has qualified as an operational search and rescue captain.

William, who is known as Flight Lieutenant Wales in the military, has co-piloted Sea King helicopters since joining C Flight, 22 Squadron at RAF Valley in Anglesey in 2010.

But he will now be able to command operations after completing two days of ground and air-based tests, including several mock rescues, to achieve the qualification.

Wing Commander Mark Dunlop said: "Due to the nature of search and rescue operations, the required standards are always set at a very high level.

"Operational captaincy carries the overarching responsibility for the safety of the aircraft, its crew and any casualties."

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TAKING CHARGE 3 William is now a qualified search and rescue captain
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Date:Jun 8, 2012
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