As colonel-in-chief of the Army Air Corps (AAC), Prince Charles was at Wattisham air base to present Afghanistan war medals.
The Army Air Corps (AAC) provides air support to soldiers on the ground.
Having just returned from a four-month tour of duty in January, Two squadrons from 4 Regiment, who operate Apache helicopters were there to meet him.
Prince Charles was there to present 35 operational service medals, three for long service and good conduct and one meritorious service medal.
He said: “Having visited Afghanistan last March and having seen something of [Camp] Bastion, I at least have a vague idea of the sort of conditions you’re enduring and putting up with.
“I had to be shown how to strap myself in and get used to what goes on in the aircraft by my youngest son.
“The trouble was that I found out very quickly that I’m past my sell-by date on the instrumentation and just about everything else, because I haven’t had the advantage of being part of the Playstation generation which, I suspect, is a vital need as far as flying the Apache is concerned.
“But, I did at least discover just what an extraordinarily sophisticated and remarkable machine it is.”
The recipient of the meritorious service medal, Warrant Officer Class 1 Martyn Leadbetter, who is about to leave the army, said: “You’re nominated by your chain of command, you then go to the medals board and, if you’re lucky enough, your name is listed in the Queen’s honours list.
“I’m very proud indeed. It caps my career very nicely.”