Prince Harry Deployed to Afghanistan for Four Months

Celebrity News Sep. 7, 2012 AT 8:30AM
Prince Harry gives a thumbs-up as he examines the Apache flight-line at Camp Bastion on September 7, 2012 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Prince Harry gives a thumbs-up as he examines the Apache flight-line at Camp Bastion on September 7, 2012 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Credit: John Stillwell - Pool/Getty Images

This should keep Prince Harry on the straight and narrow.

The 27-year-old British royal and Apache helicopter pilot arrived in Afghanistan on Friday Sept. 7 for a four-month military deployment, Britain's Ministry of Defense confirmed to CNN.

The fun-loving redhead, who made headlines late last month after photos emerged of him partying nude in Las Vegas, will be stationed at Camp Bastion in the southern Helmand province, said to be a Taliban stronghold, with the 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps.

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Harry, who completed his Apache qualifications earlier this year, briefly served in Afghanistan back in 2008, but was withdrawn after just 10 weeks amid security concerns.

Working with the Joint Aviation Group, Harry (now trained as a mission commander) and his squadron will assist the International Security Assistance Force and Afghan forces in the region.

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"Working together with his colleagues in the squadron, he will be in a difficult and demanding job, and I ask that he be left to get on with his duties and allowed to focus on delivering support to the coalition troops on the ground," said Capt. Jock Gordon, Commander of the Joint Aviation Group.

The mission is, by most accounts, exactly what Harry wants. In the midst of his embarrassing nude scandal, a palace insider told Us Weekly that he was making the case to be redeployed as soon as possible.

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"The royal family will want to redeem his image," the insider said.

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