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Harry's high praise for Suffolk-based RAF squadron

Prince Harry has been in Suffolk today meeting service personnel and their families at RAF Honington near Bury St Edmunds.

He was there to present a new standard to No 26 Squadron RAF regiment. During his visit he praised the RAF squadron for the vital role it plays in preparing for terrorist attacks in the UK.

His visit comes as troops leave Afghanistan after 10 years of conflict.

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Prince Harry hails RAF regiment's key role during Honington visit

Prince Harry has praised an RAF regiment for the vital role it plays in preparing for terrorist attacks in the UK when he visited RAF Honington in Bury St Edmunds.

The Queen appointed Prince Harry to be Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington in 2008 Credit: PA Images

He was there to present a new standard - a historic and ceremonial flag - to No 26 squadron RAF Regiment.

Harry, who spent Remembrance Sunday in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in honour of the fallen, inspected the regiment ahead of an official handover and a parade at the base.

Afterwards he spoke of the regiment's role as a specialist counter-chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) unit.

A salute from Prince Harry at RAF Honington Credit: PA Images

This role is vital to UK defence and civil response capabilities; is is also highly valued by Nato.

Alongside 27 Squadron, it is constantly committed at extremely high readiness to support the combined emergency service and military response to a CBRN terrorist incident in the UK.

Indeed, such is the vital nature of this role that responsibility has been handed over to the remainder of the wing to allow the squadron to be on the parade.

It is clear that every member of the squadron possesses the determination and professionalism to succeed, even in the most arduous of circumstances.

Traits which have ensured the squadron's success since its formation and that are embodied in this new standard and the proud history it represents.

– Prince Harry
Prince Harry presented a new standard to No 26 squadron RAF Regiment. Credit: PA Images

A standard is presented to RAF Regiment squadrons every 25 years and represents hundreds of years of history of service to the monarch and to the country.

Royal Air Force Honington is the RAF's centre of Force Protection and is the depot of the Royal Air Force Regiment - the ground-fighting force of the RAF.

The regiment protects air bases from attack and is trained in a wide range of RAF protection roles.

The Queen appointed Harry to be Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington in October 2008.

Prince Harry visits RAF base in Suffolk

Prince Harry will visit an RAF base in Suffolk today where he will meet servicemen and women and their families.

Prince Harry at RAF Honington in 2012 Credit: PA Images

Harry, who spent Remembrance Sunday in Kandahar in honour of the fallen, will present No 26 squadron RAF Regiment with a new standard during a parade at Royal Air Force Honington near Bury St Edmunds.

He will then watch the regiment parade before visiting the station's new heritage centre and meeting service personnel and their families.

A standard, a historic ceremonial flag, is presented to RAF Regiment squadrons every 25 years and represents hundreds of years of history of service to the monarch and to the country.

Royal Air Force Honington is the RAF's centre of Force Protection and is the depot of the Royal Air Force Regiment - the ground fighting force of the RAF.

The regiment protects air bases from attack and is trained in a wide range of RAF protection roles.

The Queen appointed her grandson Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington in October 2008.

Harry last visited the base in February 2012, when he presented a selection of service commendations to RAF personnel and crews who were serving in Afghanistan.

In July 2010 he also visited the base to present the families of two servicemen killed in Afghanistan with the Elizabeth Cross.

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