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Prince William back in U.K. after Falklands tour

FILE - In this March 31, 2011 file photo, Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and a Royal Air Force helicopter pilot, sits at the controls of a Sea King helicopter. Prince William will be deployed to the politically sensitive Falkland Islands in 2012 as an air force search and rescue pilot, according to Britain's defense ministry. Prince William's deployment is a sore point for Argentina, whose foreign ministry complained on Tuesday Jan. 31, 2012 that the royal "will arrive on our soil in the uniform of a conquistador, and not with the wisdom of a statesman who works for peace and dialogue between nations," after Britain announced that it is sending an advanced warship to the disputed South Atlantic archipelago, which Argentina claims as the Malvinas Islands. (AP Photo/John Stillwell/PA, File) UNITED KINGDOM OUT
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(CBS/AP) LONDON - Prince William, along with the rest of his four man crew returned from the Falkland Islands to the UK Wednesday morning. William has been stationed on the Falklands since February.

Flight Lt. Wales, as he's known in the Royal Air Force, was one of several pilots on call for search and rescue missions in the sprawling archipelago of 704 islands.

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Local islanders say William briefly visited the local hospital, and made a trip to remote Sea Lion island, a paradise for penguins, sea lions, elephant seals.

William's visit angered Argentina, which claims the islands 290 miles (460 kilometers) off its coast and refers to them as Las Malvinas. His deployment added to growing tension in the run-up to the 30th anniversary of Argentina's April 1982 invasion.

William will take a short period of time off along with the rest of the crew and will be back at RAF Valley for normal Search and rescue duties shortly.