.RN website 18 Jul 2013 said:The Duke of York has travelled to Afghanistan where he met with personnel from Naval Airmen from 857 Naval Air Squadron and Fleet Air Arm.
His Royal Highness flew into Camp Bastion on Saturday and stayed overnight at the base. On Sunday morning he had a breakfast meeting with the Commander of Joint Force Support (Afghanistan), Air Commodore John Bessell, where they discussed the redeployment of equipment back to the UK. After breakfast he visited medical staff at the Military Hospital before travelling to the Joint Aviation Group (JAG). After speaking with the Commander of the JAG, Group Captain Frazer Nicholson, he was able to meet with personnel from 857 Naval Air Squadron (NAS), Fleet Air Arm, and reflect on his previous naval career experience compared to the Unit’s modern day role.
857 NAS operate the Royal Navy's Sea King Mk7 Airborne Surveillance and Control helicopters (SKASaC) in support of operations across Central Helmand, their sophisticated radar system providing intelligence to ground forces...