Prince William photos spark security breach fears

Published date: 22 November 2012 |
Published by: Matt Jones
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PICTURES of Prince William's life at RAF Valley were recalled over fears they beached security.

The MoD recalled the images which were issued on Tuesday by the Prince's website, after they showed sensitive information on computer screens.

Passwords and user names seen in the images have now been reset.

Other images released show the Duke of Cambridge and colleagues during "downtime" giving an insight into the life of Flight Lieutenant Wales in his day-job as a Search and Rescue pilot on Anglesey.

They include pictures of him in the base dining room with crewmates, preparing for emergency call outs while on shift with C Flight 22 Squadron and enjoying downtime.

Flt Lt Wales’ shifts are the same as any other pilot.

The Search and Rescue Force is a busy unit within the RAF and over the past ten years, the average number of annual callouts for all the crews around the UK is over 1,950.

RAF Valley typically responds to a high number of callouts covering the whole of North Wales.

A MoD spokesman said: “A number of photographs of Flight Lieutenant Wales were taken whilst on duty working as a helicopter search and rescue pilot at RAF Valley.

“Due to an administrative oversight, these photographs were not properly cleared at RAF Valley and the images showed unclassified MoD user names, passwords and computer screens on a restricted system.

“The passwords and user names shown have now been reset as a precaution and we are satisfied the images do not contravene security regulations.

“All the photos have been now amended and reissued.”

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