Wills helps navy locate and monitor smugglers

Prince William took part in a navy op that seized £40m of cocaine – all in his first week of training with the Royal Navy.

He manned a Lynx helicopter, from where he helped locate and monitor smugglers on a sinking speedboat off Barbados.

The freighter Iron Duke then swooped in for the bust.

Wills – Sub-Lieutenant Wales – also helped bring the haul on board alongside a US Coast Guard detachment.

Commander Mark Newland praised the royal for his part in the mission.

‘This was a very challenging operation that unfolded over 3 days,’ he tells the Daily Mail. ‘Sub-Lt Wales was an integral part of the team and, as an Army officer trained in surveillance, added real value to it.

‘This was a major operation – we don’t take people along for joy rides. Sub-Lt Wales has proved to be a very good sailor with no hint of sea-sickness yet.’

William, 26, is on a month-long training post in the West Indies with the Royal Navy.