Prince Harry in Afghanistan

Prince Harry will finish the first phase of his initial training at Camp Bastion today before he takes the controls of Apache attack helicopters.

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Apaches used to hunt and destroy armoured vehicles

Prince Harry will be flying Apache helicopters in Afghanistan for the next four months in the fight against the Taliban.

The Apache AH MK1 fleet consists of 67 aircraft. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Apache AH MK1 fleet consists of 67 aircraft that have seen service in Afghanistan and in Libya. It is designed to hunt and destroy armoured vehicles and can operate in all weathers, day and night.

It can detect, classify and prioritise up to 256 targets in seconds through its fire control radar and carries a mix of weapons, including rockets, Hellfire missiles and a 30mm chain gun.

The Apache is used in a number of roles in Afghanistan but all revolve around its devastating firepower. Harry will act as the aircraft's co-pilot gunner operating its arsenal of weapons from the front seat, while behind him will be the pilot.

Missions will involve targeting the Taliban in support of ground troops who have come under attack from insurgents

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Harry is a 'useful asset' to forces in Afghanistan

Harry was greeted at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan by the commander of the Joint Aviation Group, Captain Jock Gordon (Royal Navy).

Commander of the Joint Aviation Group, Captain Jock Gordon (Royal Navy). Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Captain Gordon said: "I extend an extremely warm welcome to 662 Squadron, including Captain Wales, who with his previous experience as a forward air controller on operations will be a useful asset to the Joint Aviation Group.

"And working together with his colleagues in the squadron, he will be in a difficult and demanding job, and I ask that he be left to get on with his duties and allowed to focus on delivering support to the coalition troops on the ground."

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Harry: 'You can't train people and then not put them into the role they need to play'

In March, Harry revealed how much he wanted to return to the front line in Afghanistan to serve with his comrades.

He told CBS News:

I've served my country. I enjoyed it because I was with my friends. And, you know, everyone has a part to play.

All these people talking these stories of 'Oh, he's been trained as (an) Apache pilot, he's never going to see active service, he's never going to get to the front line'.

These people live in a ridiculous world to even think that.

You can't train people and then not put them into the role they need to play.

For me personally, as I said, I want to serve my country.

I've done it once, and I'm still in the Army, I feel as though I should get the opportunity to do it again.

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