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Prince Harry in Afghanistan to fly attack helicopters

Prince Harry is shown in this undated file photo.

September 7, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Britain's Prince Harry is back in Afghanistan to begin a four-month combat tour as a gunner on an attack helicopter.

He flew into Camp Bastion on Friday for what will be his second tour. He is scheduled to begin operations within 10 days in the country's Helmand Province. In 2007-08, he served in Helmand as an air traffic controller.

Cpt. Harry Wales, as he is known in the military, gave a thumbs-up after arriving on a troop carrier flight from England.

As part of the Apache's two-man crew, Harry will be both a co-pilot and the gunner responsible for firing the Apache's wing-mounted aerial rockets, Hellfire laser-guided missiles and 30mm machine gun.

The prince recently made headlines after he was photographed naked in a Las Vegas hotel room.

Next Saturday, the prince will celebrate his 28th birthday at Camp Bastion - but he won't be able to raise a toast with one of his beloved cocktails. The desert compound, which is next door to the U.S. military's Camp Leatherneck base, is an alcohol-free zone.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.