Prince William in Rescue Mission

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  1. sprog

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    http://www.npr.org/2011/11/27/142822650/prince-william-part-of-irish-sea-rescue-mission.

    The Prince was co-pilot of an RAF helicopter involved in a rescue operation over the Irish Sea. His aircraft rescued two Russian seamen. Well done to him and the rest of the helicopter crew.

    As much as William and Harry are famous solely because of their birth and station, you have to give these guys credit for giving a service to the British people that is above and beyond waving and cutting ribbons.

    I like these dudes.
     
  2. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    You can't give them credit- they are part of the .1% :eek:!

    Seriously- it's nice to see that some people actually understand that leadership and privilege go hand in hand with service. So - attaboy William:thumb:
     
  3. sprog

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    Agreed.

    Say what you want about monarchy, the Windsors do have an excellent tradition of service to Britain outside of their public roles.

    Harry spent time in Afghanistan, Andrew flew helicopters during the Falklands War, and the Queen (at the time, Princess Elizabeth) was an ambulance driver and mechanic at the end of WWII.
     
  4. pennak

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    Military service is very much part of the British (English) royal tradition. The King is supposed to lead in battle. See, e.g.,

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_service_by_the_members_of_the_British_Royal_Family
     
  5. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    Kudos to him. Sounds like a mission well done.

    It is good to see leaders that do more than the minimum.
     
  6. pennak

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    Wouldn't it be interesting if prior military service was a constitutional pre-condition to election as a member of Congress or as President?
     
  7. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I remember when Prince Harry (or was it William) was on a ship involved in a drug interdiction operation. Made a big deal of it, gave him a medal... total BS. Guys do that EVERY DAY, and it's part of their job. A royal is on a ship, doesn't even have a direct roll, and everyone wants to celebrate. Only reason this makes news....they're royals.
     
  8. sprog

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    Absolutely.

    The point, though, is that the Royals are not everyday people. Despite this, many in the family recognize a duty to their people and serve their country above and beyond their public duties. That's pretty cool. Not too many current American celebrities would use their fame in this way. I can't imagine Kim Kardashian flying around with the Coast Guard.

    They are famous because of their proximity to the monarch. In Britain, loyalty is to the monarch as the embodiment of the state. The Queen's majesty is the projection of Britain to the rest of the world. Officers swear allegiance to the monarch.

    Obviously, that isn't the case here in the US, and I can understand your sentiment as being from a country that fought a war to liberate itself from royalty. Still, in understanding our British friends, it's a pretty cool occurrence.
     
  9. AF6872

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    Found this as a listing: I give them all credit for their service. They obviously serve under circumstances that may curtail their direct involvement with military action putting them in harms way. Some have chosen a more direct approach and I respect their commitment and dedication. We do have our own although not royalty. See (Theodre Roosevelt Jr. MOH, June 6, 1944). I am sure there are many other examples.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_service_by_the_members_of_the_British_Royal_Family

    Say what you will about Philip, he was at some interesting places from 1940 onward. Don't see any SAS for any. I can see every Kardashian flying around with any or all military units available although not in uniform with a commitment.
     
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  10. Bullet

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    Or then again, a Royal can be serving on the front lines in Afghanistan as a JTAC, where he calls in and directs air strikes while engaged with the enemy. Like Prince Harry did back in 08, where those aircraft that he was working with at the time were from my squadron.

    Didn't see much media attention to that story, as the Brits wanted to keep it quiet that he was in theater and in combat, for his own protection. He did buy my squadron a round though. A month later, after they finally let us in on the fact it was him on the ground my mates were talking to.

    Just another soldier in the service of Country and Crown...

    Yeah, I'll cut the Royals some slack on this part of their lives.
     
  11. scoutpilot

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    In a country where it's largely unheard of for the children of our highest leaders to serve in uniform, I'm more than willing to give those young men credit. Overwater flying in itself is quite dangerous, especially in those seas. With the children of our leaders attending Harvard and Yale and going to Wall Street and writing childrens' books, I say "jolly good" to the Royals.
     
  12. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    What was the name of his pilot?
     
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    Prince William doing his job, credit on guts for the prince. A decent looking wife, a job that he appears to like, a promising future secure job with increasing peerage; it's good being a Prince.
     
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    Great work. Today's political leaders can learn from this :thumb:
     

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