Prince William to Chase Drug Smugglers

Heir will soon join Royal Navy patrol in the Caribbean
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2008 4:25 PM CDT
In this image released by Britain's Ministry of Defence Wednesday, April 30, 2008, Britain's Prince William, or Flying Officer Wales, visits Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Monday April 28, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Prince William will soon be chasing cocaine smugglers in the Caribbean while he serves a temporary stint with the Royal Navy, the Daily Mirror reports. Military brass say Britain's possible future king needs experience as an officer with all the services, though officials ruled out sending him to Iraq or Afghanistan because he'd be too much of a target.

"The Caribbean on a Royal Navy warship is an ideal tour as it has operational potential and it works diplomatically," says a senior military source.