- Harry at Royal Marines Commando Training Centre for first time in his role as Captain General Royal Marines
- The Duke of Sussex assumed the role succeeding his grandfather The Duke of Edinburgh after some 64 years
- He arrived at in a Royal Navy Wildcat Maritime Attack Helicopter drawn from the Commando Helicopter Force
The Duke of Sussex today told young Royal Marines recruits they face 'blood, sweat and tears' in the months ahead as he carried out his first role as their Captain General.
Making a dramatic entrance by helicopter, Prince Harry joked the young men were 'like rabbits in the headlights' as he visited the Marines' main training base in Lympstone, Devon for the first time as the outfit's Captain General.
Harry arrived in a Royal Navy Wildcat Maritime Attack Helicopter drawn from the Commando Helicopter Force, who provide crucial aerial support to the Royal Marines.
The former Apache helicopter commander jumped from the Wildcat, flown by 847 Naval Air Squadron to meet the marines.
Speaking to one group who are a fortnight into 32 weeks of training to earn the coveted green beret, the duke quipped: 'You're going to need each other, that's for sure.'
Harry assumed the role in December last year, succeeding his grandfather The Duke of Edinburgh who was Captain General for some 64 years.
The Duke watched recruits being put through their paces on a rope course above a freezing tank of water, and saw a number haul themselves out dripping after falling in.
Harry, a former Army captain who served in the forces for 10 years, added: 'It's going to be blood, sweat and tears.
'Every single time you end up going to bed where you're crying, or got a sore leg, or an emotional issue to have to deal with - but it is without doubt probably one of the best professions you can ever be involved with.'You guys are in one of the top jobs, you get to be a marine and get to do everything that comes along with it.'
The Duke chatted with Marines and and their families including William Prosser and his father, Afghan veteran and Royal Marine Kieran Prosser.
Sgt Prosser was this year part of a 'handpicked' team to take the England football squad through a tough training weekend in a bid to instil 'Commando Spirit'.
The Duke with Corporal Matt Drake, who suffered injury in the Middle East and is now supported by The Royal Marines Charity. In December 2016, Cpl Drake was left paralysed from chest level after an accident while deployed with 42 Commando Royal Marines
Harry also met Phil Eaglesham and his dog Cooper. Cpl Eaglesham contracted an illness known as Q Fever, or Helmand Fever, while on tour in Afghanistan, falling ill as he prepared to leave Camp Bastian.
Although the infection has now been treated, the after affects had a huge effect on Phillip's daily and family life.
Corporal Matt Drake, who was paralysed from chest level after an accident while deployed with 42 Commando Royal Marines in 2016, also spoke with Harry about how he is supported by The Royal Marines Charity.
Harry takes over from the Duke of Edinburgh, whose association with the Royal Marines dates back 64 years to 2nd June 1953, when he was appointed Captain General in succession to the late King George VI.
Having spent a decade serving in the Army, Harry is no stranger to military training centres and looked at ease as he jumped out of the helicopter
Harry explored the barracks and met new recruits undergoing training in order to learn more about the process of becoming a Royal Marine, before meeting the Invictus Games Racing Team who will be using Lympstone on the day for a team bonding exercise.
He received a ceremonial welcome before meeting recruits training in the gym and commando assault course.
The Duke also learnt about the support services on offer to Royal Marines, such as the onsite rehabilitation centre, the Royal Marines charity and a regular family group called 'Who Let The Dads Out' at which Marines families take time to chat, play and have a cup of tea once a week.
Harry then met the Invictus Games Racing Team which includes former Royal Marine Commandos Steve McCulley and Paul Vice MC.
In 2000, aged just 16, Paul Vice MC joined the Royal Marines. In 2011 while on foot patrol in Helmand Province, he stepped on a command wire Improvised Explosive Device (IED), which detonated underneath his Section.
He suffered a traumatic brain injury resulting in paralysis of his right arm, and more than 400 pieces of shrapnel were removed from his body by surgeons. He was, as a subsequent documentary called him, 'The Commando Who Refused To Die'.
He was one of six casualties from the explosion which, as he describes, 'took from me the one thing I felt I was born to do – be a soldier'. In 2014, he competed in the first Invictus Games, winning a gold medal in cycling. After the Games he had to have his left leg amputated below the knee. He was medically discharged in August 2015.
His seven-medal haul at the 2016 Invictus Games meant he returned home as the competition's most successful male athlete.
In 2011, fourteen years after first joining the Royal Marines, Major Steve McCulley was nearly killed by an IED while leading 175 Royal Marines in Helmand Province, Afghanistan and he lay in a coma for three weeks.
He had served in Commando Units during operational tours to Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan
As part of the new Invictus Games Racing team, Steve raced in the first half of the season alongside professional driver Matthew George.
The team comprises four ex-service personnel from the Royal Marines, the RAF and the Parachute Regiment, in addition to two professional drivers.
The Commando Training Centre at Lympstone selects and trains all Royal Marines Officers, recruits and reserves.
On average, 1,300 recruits, 2,000 potential recruits and 400 potential officers attend training courses and acquaint courses there every year.
The Royal Marines, which can trace its origin back to 1664, is the UK's elite amphibious fighting force. Each recruit has to complete the Commando course, including the 'rope regain' assault course.
The training ground in Lympstone trains all Officers, recruits and reserves, as well as providing an onsite rehabilitation centre.
It is also the home of the Royal Marines charity a number of welfare groups.
Harry will conclude the day at Lympstone with a ceremonial sword presentation on the steps of the centre.