Captain Wales concludes his attachment with the ADF

8 May 2015 | Media Release

Captain Harry Wales has completed his four week military exchange with the Australian Defence Force.

After returning to Australia from Centenary of Anzac commemorations in Gallipoli, Captain Wales has completed the final two weeks of his Australian Army attachment, training with soldiers of the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) in Perth Western Australia and the 2nd Commando Regiment in Sydney New South Wales.

Captain Wales challenged himself against elements of the gruelling SASR selection course, including a fitness test and a physical training session with SASR selection candidates.

Captain Wales also joined SASR members in Perth for live fire shooting exercises with numerous Special Forces weapons at a variety of ranges and completed an insertion training exercise using a rigid hull inflatable boat.

In Sydney this week, Captain Wales undertook urban operations training with the 2nd Commando Regiment.

Training activities included remotely detonating an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and repelling from a building.

Captain Wales also spent time flying over Sydney as co-pilot of an Army Black Hawk and participated in counter-terrorism training on Sydney Harbour with Royal Australian Navy clearance divers.

While at the Australian Army’s Holsworthy Barracks in Sydney, Captain Wales visited the high performance rehabilitation wing of the Soldier Recovery Centre and participated in a mountain bike training activity alongside some of the Army’s wounded, injured and ill members.

During the first phase of his Australian military attachment Captain Wales spent two weeks in the Northern Territory which included meeting the local Indigenous community, a patrol with the North-West Mobile Force (NORFORCE) in the remote Kununurra region and time with 1st Brigade in Darwin where he flew an Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) Tiger.

Captain Wales’ attachment with the Australian Defence Force officially concludes on Friday, 8 May 2015, after which he will depart for an official Royal tour to New Zealand.

Background:
Further information on the Australian Army’s SASR is available at http://army.gov.au/Our-people/Divisions-and-Brigades/Special-Operations-Command/Special-Air-Service-Regiment

Further information about the 2nd Commando Regiment is available able at http://army.gov.au/Our-people/Divisions-and-Brigades/Special-Operations-Command/2nd-Commando-Regiment

Further information about the S70 Australian Army Black Hawk Helicopter is available at http://army.gov.au/Our-work/Equipment-and-clothing/Aviation/Black-Hawk

Media note:
Imagery of Captain Wales will be available later today at http://images.defence.gov.au/S20151275

Vision will be feed out under general release arrangements via the Parliament House Press Gallery and will also be available at http://video.defence.gov.au/

International media agencies should contact their Australian affiliates to access vision.

Media contacts:
Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999
Kensington Palace +44 207 930 4832


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Issued by Ministerial and Executive Coordination and Communication,
Department of Defence,
Canberra, ACT
Phone: 02 6127 1999 Fax: 02 6265 6946

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