It was his first visit since being appointed Captain General of the Royal Marines.

By Simon Perry /
September 13, 2018
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Prince Harry was back in a helicopter early Thursday.

Harry, 33, flew into a marines’ base in southern England to meet some new recruits undergoing training.

The new Duke of Sussex — who flew Apache helicopters in Afghanistan — arrived at the base in Lympstone in a Royal Navy Wildcat Maritime Attack aircraft around 10 a.m. local time on Thursday.

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It marked the first time he’s visited the Royal Marines Commando Training Centre since he became captain general of the marines — taking over for his grandfather Prince Philip in December 2017.

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Harry received a ceremonial welcome, then met recruits at the gym and on an assault course.

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Kensington Palace shared a video of recruits completing “the Commando court, including the ‘rope regain’ assault course.” The palace noted, “The @RoyalMarines, which can trace its origin back to 1664, is the UK’s elite amphibious fighting force.”

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A keen promoter of support for both serving and former armed forces members, Harry also learned about the services on offer for the marines. This includes  a rehabilitation center and a family chat group called “Who Let The Dads Out.”

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Later, Harry was introduced to some race car drivers who have used the sport to help them move on from their injuries. The Invictus Games Racing Team showed off their specially adapted cars that have been used to compete in the British GT Championship.

The team of four ex-service personnel, including two former Marines Steve McCulley and Paul Vice MC, and two professional drivers, have their last race meeting of the season next week.