Wills Lands Splashy Training in Caribbean

Commanders decide against deploying prince to Persian Gulf
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2008 1:41 PM CDT
The prince is an officer in the Royal Army, and has also learned to fly helicopters with the Air Force. Marines and Navy experience will now round out his service.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Instead of heading to duty in the Persian Gulf, one Sub Lieutenant Wales is set to embark on several weeks of training in the Caribbean with Britain's Royal Marines and Royal Navy. Prince William "commendably wanted to be as close to the front line as possible," says a rear admiral, but deployment to the Persian Gulf was considered too risky, the AP reports.

The prince won't enjoy any perks beyond the normal life of a junior officer, however. "These warships are not like cruise liners," says the admiral. "It's going to be a lumpy ride." With the Royal Air Force still red in the face over William's helicopter exploits, his career on the seas will be "purely business."