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Prince Harry

Deployed to Afghanistan

9/7/2012 7:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0907_prince_harry_GettyPrince Harry has been shipped out to Afghanistan to begin a 4-month combat tour for the British military ... but the Royal Family INSISTS the move is not a punishment for his naked exploits in Vegas.

The 27-year-old arrived today at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan ... and according to reports, he will begin work as an Apache co-pilot and gunner within 10 days.

A rep for the military released a statement saying, "Captain Wales is a serving soldier and a qualified Apache pilot having completed the Apache Conversion to Role course earlier this year."

"As such, and after further flying experience, he has deployed along with the rest of the squadron as part of a long-planned and scheduled deployment to provide support to ISAF and Afghan forces operating in Helmand."

A spokesperson for the Royal Fam tells TMZ ... Harry's naked romp in Vegas had NOTHING to do with the decision to ship the Prince to the Middle East -- "It goes without saying that one doesn't deploy as an Apache pilot to Afghanistan at short notice."

The spokesperson adds, "Prince Harry's time in Las Vegas was his last break before the frontline."

Still, we gotta ask ...

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Faye    

No way is the Royal family going to send him to a war zone as punishment. That is ridiculous.

595 days ago
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Bellaca    

Harry is back to building-up his image again.

595 days ago
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LunarJunk    

He probably knew he was going on deployment hence the "wild" vacation in Vegas. Good luck, Harry!

595 days ago
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Phishie from Philly    

Don't kid yourself. He's not going to be in any danger.
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Phishie from Philly

595 days ago
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Truth    

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST... and another one gone, and another one gone... #TRUTH!!

595 days ago
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Truth    

NEW MEMBER OF THE 27 CLUB?? #TRUTH!!

595 days ago
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Phishie from Philly    

Is there a poker game going on over there with some hot women or something?
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Phishie from Philly

595 days ago
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Phishie from Philly    

The farther from Vegas the better.
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Phishie from Philly

595 days ago
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IceGypsy    

Not a punishment. He wanted to go when he did his first tour there. It was prob already planned, and that weekend was prob a last blowout before he had to go back.

595 days ago
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Annonymous    

This news was out there (at least in Canada) long ago this morning than 20 minutes ago. You might have to catch up TMZ. It wasn't for a punishment....it is his job. Prince Harry is an active member of the British Military, and he loves his job. That is why he comes to Canada to train with the Canadian Military.

595 days ago
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@iAMTIMWILSON    

And all the press about him partying like a rock star, I'd be getting naked with hot women too before I'm shipped off!

595 days ago
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IceGypsy    

From CBC: "In an interview last March, Harry insisted he was eager to return to combat after training to fly Apache helicopters"


"You can't train people and then not put them into the role they need to play. For me personally, as I said, I want to serve my country. I've done it once, and I'm still in the Army, I feel as though I should get the opportunity to do it again," he said then.

595 days ago
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al baby    

Loose lips sink ships STFU

595 days ago
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unicorn40    

I wonder how the Queen etc. is going to feel when he is shot down and killed?? He was already there once and if not just for WHO he is, he should be doing something like what his brother is on home turf. My dad served, but i just think that the Royals should not be over there....i personally don't think anybody should be. Those countries are still going to be killing each other 100 yrs. from now and nobody is going to change it.

595 days ago
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MadCharles    

Get out of there Harry.

595 days ago
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