Prince Harry begins work with ADF next week
On arrival in Australia, Prince Harry will travel to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, where he will join the Governor General, The Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC, and senior Government officials to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and view the World War I and Afghanistan galleries. At the end of the visit he will have the chance to greet members of the public outside at the Australian War Memorial’s main entrance.
Prince Harry will then report to the Chief of Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC, for duty. The Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO, and other senior Army officers will join Prince Harry to officially mark the start of his military attachment with the Australian Army.
During his time with the ADF, Captain Wales – as he is known in the British Army – will work and live alongside colleagues in the Australian Army in a number of regiments in Sydney, Darwin and Perth. He is expected to take part in a range of unit-based activities and training exercises. These will include urban training exercises, regional bush patrols, flight simulation and aviation activities, joint fire exercises and Indigenous engagements activities.
Captain Wales will also take part in routine activities, such as physical training, first aid training and pack marches. Additionally, he will have the opportunity to meet wounded, injured and ill service personnel during his time in Australia, which will compliment his advocacy work in this area in the UK.
The British and Australian Armies have a shared military history as well as a long and enduring association. Secondments, exchanges, bilateral training and professional development opportunities are routine practice between our two armies. These exchanges typically range from a few weeks to several months. Military-to-military exchanges provide British and Australian personnel with valuable insight into their counterparts’ operations equipment and training as well as opportunities to build professional personal relationships.
As such, Defence’s focus for this attachment is to provide Captain Wales with an authentic military experience in the Australian Army that builds on his previous experience with coalition forces and complements his work with wounded, injured and ill service personnel. Defence has selected units that best use Captain Wales’ skills and allow him to experience a broad range of Army capabilities. The attachment will also allow Captain Wales to share the experience and knowledge he has gained over 10 years of military service in the British Armed Forces, including two operational tours of duty in Afghanistan.
During his attachment, Prince Harry will travel from Australia to Turkey to attend the Gallipoli commemorations on 24 and 25 April.
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