Prince William to be sent to the Falklands

Prince William takes part in a briefing at RAF Valley in Anglesey before a training exercise on April 14, 2011, in Wales. Photo by MoD Crown Copyright via Getty Images

(CBS/AP) Britain's newlywed Prince William will be deployed to the Falkland Islands next year, according to Britain's defense ministry.

Pictures: Will wings it

The 29-year-old Duke of Cambridge, second in line to the British throne, will spend six weeks at the British outpost, 290 miles east of the coast of Argentina in the Atlantic Ocean. He will be part of a crew of four Royal Air Force personnel.

The defense ministry said Thursday that William would not undertake any ceremonial royal duties during his stint. His wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, will remain in Britain.

Argentina claims sovereignty over the British-governed islands. Next year marks the 30th anniversary of the Argentine invasion of the islands. British forces retook the islands in 1982 after a brief war.

The prince, who was married to the former Kate Middleton in a global extravaganza last April, is a military search-and-rescue pilot based on the Wales coast.