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Prince Harry's Las Vegas party days are over -- at least for now. The fun-loving royal is shipping off to join the war in Afghanistan.
More than two weeks after his nude photo scandal, a new batch of photos show that Captain Wales (as he is known by his army buddies) has landed in Afghanistan to complete a four month long tour of duty as co-pilot of an Apache attack helicopter. This will be Harry's third time serving in the war-torn country.
"He's approached the deployment with a range of emotions like any other soldier and feels both pride and anticipation as he deploys for a job he's trained for, for so long," a spokesperson for the Palace tells People. "Prince Harry, like any soldier, considers it a great honor to represent his country in Her Majesty's armed forces wherever it chooses to deploy him."
The spokesperson adds that Harry's father Charles is "immensely proud of his son."
Harry is no stranger to the British Air Force and considers his time with his country's military to be his chosen career. Despite being deployed several times in the past, Harry has said that he wanted to return to the fray.
"If it was a pain for anyone for me to go, which I appreciate it probably is, but, you know, at the end of the time, at the end of the day, I've done my training," Harry told CBS News earlier this year. "It's cost the Army money to train me. And if they didn't think that they could get me out there again, then they wouldn't have put me through this training. It's as simple as that."
This marks the end of a busy summer for the prince. In addition to partying in Vegas, Harry also was an ambassador for the British teams at the Olympics and Paralympics, represented Queen Elizabeth during a tour of the Caribbean and appeared at the WellChild Awards.
"I'm never shy in coming forward," Harry said during his speech that night. "It is difficult to imagine to imagine a finer, more inspirational group of people than is gathered here tonight. I come along to the WellChild Awards knowing that I will meet old friends and make new ones. I am totally unprepared for the extraordinary reality of what greets me. I leave a very humble man."