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Prince Harry hands over new standard to No 26 Squadron at RAF Honington

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Image caption Prince Harry inspected the troops ahead of the Standard Parade, which troops had spent weeks training for

Prince Harry has presented an RAF squadron with its first new ceremonial flag in 25 years at its Suffolk base.

No 26 Squadron was handed the new standard by the prince at RAF Honington, near Bury St Edmunds.

Prince Harry, who spent Remembrance Sunday in Afghanistan, was welcomed at the base with a flyover by a Typhoon jet.

Most RAF troops only take part in a handover ceremony once in their career, with standards given every 25 years.

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Image caption Prince Harry praised the squadron's readiness to respond to terrorist incidents in his speech
Image caption The prince met former personnel from the squadron at the base's new heritage centre
Image caption No 26 Squadron work as a specialist counter-chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) unit

The prince praised No 26 Squadron's role as a specialist counter-chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) unit.

In his speech, he said: "This role is vital to UK defence and civil response capabilities - is is also highly valued by Nato.

"Alongside 27 Squadron, it is constantly committed at extremely high readiness to support the combined emergency service and military response to a CBRN terrorist incident in the UK."

He also inspected troops ahead of the parade.

Cpl Tobias Jamieson, 26, said: "For the whole squadron it's been quite an arduous four or five weeks' training for this parade.

"The Standard Parade only happens every 25 years so it's a pretty historic day for the squadron that I'm proud and privileged to take part in."

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