Prince William’s future in doubt after RAF search and rescue privatisation

He could be transferred or he could become a full-time royal.

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The future is as unclear for Prince William – the duke of Cambridge, or Flight Lieutenant Wales as he is known in the RAF – as it is for many of his search and rescue colleagues.

Based at RAF Valley on Anglesey, William is nearing the end of his tour of duty. It is thought he may carry on at Valley until 2016, taking time off for his royal duties and forthcoming family commitments.

Quite what he will do once the search and rescue service is privatised is not known. He could be transferred or he could become a full-time royal.

An RAF spokesman said only that aircrew serving in search and rescue would be “redeployed elsewhere as a normal part of their career pattern”.

Bristow, a Texas-based leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, has won a £1.6bn contract to provide search and rescue, which has been mainly carried out by the RAF and Royal Navy for more than a century, from 2016.

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