COMMANDER OF THE HELM.
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."
TAKING CHARGE 3 William is now a qualified search and rescue captain