Prince tours NQ in Black Hawk
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.