Royal Marines

Prince Harry Makes Helicopter Trip To Meet Royal Marines Recruits

The Duke of Sussex has made a dramatic helicopter entrance when he meets Royal Marines recruits for the first time as their Captain General...

Prince Harry told the recruits "it's going to be blood, sweat and tears"

The Duke of Sussex has made a dramatic helicopter entrance for his first official visit to the Royal Marines' Commando Training Centre in his new role as Captain General.

Harry, who took over the prestigious role from the Duke of Edinburgh, was flown to Devon to meet new recruits, serving marines and veterans.

He arrived at the centre in Lympstone near Exeter in a Royal Navy Wildcat, a maritime attack helicopter from the Commando Helicopter Force, which provides crucial aerial support to the Royal Marines.

On average, 1,300 recruits, 2,000 potential recruits and 400 potential officers attend training and acquaint courses at the Commando Training Centre every year.

Prince Harry has received a ceremonial welcome at the centre, which selects and trains all Royal Marines officers, recruits and reserves, before meeting recruits being put through their paces in the gym and on the commando assault course.

He learnt about the support services on offer to Royal Marines, like the onsite rehabilitation centre, the Royal Marines charity and a regular family group called 'Who Let The Dads Out'.

The Duke told the young recruits: "It's going to be blood, sweat and tears.

"Every single time you end up going to bed where you're crying, or got a sore leg, or an emotional issue to have to deal with - but it is without doubt probably one of the best professions you can ever be involved with.

"You guys are in one of the top jobs, you get to be a marine and get to do everything that comes along with it."

The Duke became Captain General Royal Marines in December last year, succeeding his grandfather Philip who was Captain General for 64 years.

Speaking to another group who are a fortnight into 32 weeks of training to earn the coveted green beret, the Duke quipped: "Are you all a bit like rabbits in the headlights? You're going to need each other, that's for sure."

During the visit, he also spoke to the Invictus Games Racing drivers - two professionals and four injured ex-servicemen - who compete in two specially adapted Jaguar GT4 race cars in the 2018 British GT Championship.

The team, which includes former Royal Marine Commandos Steve McCulley and Paul Vice, used Lympstone on the day for a team bonding exercise.