Prince tours NQ in Black Hawk

Townsville Bulletin - - The Form -

TOWNSVILLE troops gave Prince Wil­liam a royal wel­come dur­ing his time in North Queens­land.

Prince Wil­liam ar­rived at RAAF Base Townsville on Satur­day where he was met by a num­ber of RAAF per­son­nel and also Com­man­der 3rd Brigade, Bri­gadier Stu­art Smith.

He was then whisked off on a tour of the Cy­clone Yasi de­struc­tion zones with a team of three Black Hawk he­li­copters from 5th Avi­a­tion Reg­i­ment de­liv­er­ing him safely to Card­well, Tully and Cairns.

Leader of Queens­land’s Re­cov­ery Task­force Ma­jor Gen­eral Mick Slater said the prince, a qual­i­fied he­li­copter pilot, en­joyed in­ter­act­ing with the 5th Avi­a­tion Reg­i­ment per­son­nel and made a light-hearted com­ment about want­ing to pilot a Black Hawk af­ter cast­ing his eye over the in­stru­ment panel.

Prince Wil­liam also vis­ited the 3rd Bat­tal­ion Royal Aus­tralian Reg­i­ment at Syd­ney’s Holswor­thy Bar­racks.

3RAR are bound for Townsville at the end of the year.

While at Holswor­thy he re­ceived an Aus­tralian slouch hat as a gift from Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer Lieu­tenant Colonel Trent Scott and also par­tic­i­pated in live-fire small-arms train­ing at the Marks­man­ship Train­ing Range.

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