Prince Harry spent the latter half of 2011 completing his Apache helicopter pilot training in the United States, and now the 27-year-old royal says he's "looking forward to putting it into practice."

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Prince Charles and Princess Diana's youngest son will return to Afghanistan for his second tour of duty sometime in 2012. "I can't wait to get out there," Harry told guests at Monday's Military Awards Gala in London, according to The Sun.

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The brave Brit first served 10 weeks in Afghanistan in 2007-08, but he was pulled out after foreign media reports compromised his position. Years later, Harry said he had a "real determination" to return to service, particularly Afghanistan, adding that his "heart was in the Army."

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Harry will likely fly a 40-million pound helicopter in operations against insurgents. (Apaches are two-man helicopters designed to hunt and destroy tanks.)

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