Prince Harry's second deployment in Afghanistan has come to an end. The third-in-the-line to the throne is on his way home, the Ministry of Defense confirmed today (Monday), CNN reports. In an interview with pool reporters on his flight back to the UK, the Apache helicopter pilot confirmed he had killed Taliban during his four month deployment. "(We) take a life to save a life. That's what we revolve around, I suppose," Captain Wales, as he's known in the military, is quoted as saying.
On the same day he started his return, the Ministry of Defense released a series of pictures of Prince Harry during his time in Afghanistan. The photos, obtained by Examiner.com, show the 28-year-old throughout his four month tour. Several of the photos were taken around Christmas and Harry is seen wearing a Santa hat. Others were taken in October as Captain Wales is inspecting his Apache helicopter or preparing for flight.
Prince Harry was deployed to Afghanistan, for the second time, in September 2012. He and his unit were stationed at Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan. As part of the 100-strong 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment, Army Air Corps, Harry's squadron's mission is to, "provide surveillance, deterrence and, when required, close combat attack capabilities as well as escort duties for other aircraft."
As Examiner.com previously reported, Prince Harry could potentially be sent back to Afghanistan for a third deployment. Sources say the Military of Defense is eyeing him for a third tour in 2014 as the UK withdrawals troops from the country. The top helicopter pilot could be called on to provide ground protection as British troops hand over local control to Afghans.
Click through the slideshow above above to see photos of Prince Harry (released Jan., 21, but taken during his deployment) during his service in Afghanistan.