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Prince Andrew to leave Royal Navy

It's anchors away for Prince Andrew.

The middle son of Queen Elizabeth II will be shoving off from the Royal Navy in 1999.

Andrew, whose exploits as a pilot included flying helicopters as a decoy for Argentine missiles in the Falkland Islands war in 1982, will take a desk job in London as a final posting, officials said Friday.

Buckingham Palace said it was too early to say what the 36-year-old Duke of York will do after he leaves the navy.

A short spell in the military is traditional for the sons of British monarchs.

Andrew's brother, Prince Charles, served in the Royal Navy from 1971-76 and attained the rank of captain. Andrew, now a lieutenant commander, joined the navy as a cadet officer in 1979.

Currently he is a pilot with a naval air squadron based in Portland, on the south coast of England.

The Defense Ministry said Andrew will begin his new job in January.

He will be supervising the operational effectiveness of helicopter flights.