The Duke of Edinburgh, piloting a 36 "Heron" aircraft of the Queen's Flight, arrived in Malta, April 25th.
The Duke of Edinburgh, piloting a 36 "Heron" aircraft of the Queen's Flight, arrived in Malta, April 25th. As Captain-General of the Royal Marines he was visiting Marines serving in the Mediterranean.
Greeted by the Governor, Sir Guy Grantham, and C-in-C, Mediterranean, Admiral Sir Alexander Bingley, the Duke was then flown in a helicopter to the aircraft carrier 'Bulwark'. The 'Bulwark' is Britain's first commando carrier, and the following day, wearing his Captain-General's battle-dress and green beret, he watched the carrier's special Marine commando unit make a demonstration landing by Helicopter and launch on the coast of Malta.
Later, he went aboard HMS' Easthourne' and saw the ship taking part in an anti-submarine exercise, and was then transferred by jackstay to HMS 'Walkerton' to watch a short exercise by vessels of a minesweeping squadron.