New Zealand and Australian Defence Force troops with The Prince of Wales. (WN10-0005-029)
7 April 2010
New Zealand Defence Force personnel working at the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, met The Prince of Wales recently.
The Prince stopped in at ISAF HQ on 24 March, where he met with representatives from all the Commonwealth nations currently serving in Afghanistan, before carrying on to Helmand in a show of support to British forces in the southern province.
Colonel Mike Duncan, one of five Kiwis based at ISAF Headquarters, said The Prince chatted with them about how long they had been there, and how they thought the mission was progressing.
“The Prince of Wales mentioned that he’d been trying to visit Afghanistan for some time, and was very glad to have finally made it. He said that Prince Harry’s service in Afghanistan had given him a unique understanding of the conditions that troops on the ground are facing.”
The Prince of Wales is the most senior member of the Royal Family to visit Afghanistan.
There are currently 1172 New Zealand Defence Force personnel deployed on 14 peacekeeping operations, UN missions and defence exercises around the world.
Contact: Nicole Munro, Defence Communications Group, 021 569 148.