Posted on February 21, 2019
Prince Harry assumed the role of Captain General Royal Marines from the Duke of Edinburgh in December 2017.
“The Royal Marines are really pleased to have Prince Harry as our Captain General,” says Major John Middleton, Officer Commanding of J Company.
Last week he visited the Marines in Norway to mark 50 years of Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) and Joint Helicopter Command deploying to Bardufoss.
In Devon, Prince Harry learnt about the specialist teams within 42 Commando and watched a Joint Personnel Recovery (JPR) demonstration.
“It was great for him to go in front some of our guys and see them explain to him what it is we do,” says Major Middleton. This sees Royal Marines disembarking from a Merlin helicopter and simulating the rescue of an F35 pilot from the new HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier. 42 commando send small teams of men all over the world, training international special forces, protecting maritime shipping and joint personnel recovery.
The Duke spent time with each department speaking to the marines themselves. He also went to Dartmoor to meet members of the Commando Training Centre and see a recruit troop finishing their final test.