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The Prince of Wales is shown an EC 135 rescue helicopter by Vice Admiral Mark Mellett (left) as he visits The Irish Defence Forces/UN Training School at Curragh, in the Republic of Ireland.

The Prince of Wales is shown an EC 135 rescue helicopter by Vice Admiral Mark Mellett (left) as he visits The Irish Defence Forces/UN Training School at Curragh, in the Republic of Ireland.

The Prince of Wales is shown an EC 135 rescue helicopter by Vice Admiral Mark Mellett (left) as he visits The Irish Defence Forces/UN Training School at Curragh, in the Republic of Ireland.

The Prince of Wales has become the first member of the British royal family to visit the Curragh Camp army base since it was handed over to the Irish state in 1922.

He walked in the footsteps of his great-great-grandfather, King Edward VII, who underwent military training at the Curragh in 1861.

It is currently the main training centre for the Army and is home to 2,000 military personnel.

The prince met with a number of veterans who served in Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis.

CPL Frank Noonan, who served in Sierra Leone for five months in 2015, said Charles was very interested in the operation.

"He asked about the mission and if we volunteered to go ourselves. He was very interested in our work there.

"We told him we volunteered to go out. It was an experience I thoroughly enjoyed being part of," added CPL Noonan.

Accompanied by Defence Minister Paul Kehoe TD and Irish Defence Forces Chief of Staff, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, he took a tour of the United Nations Training School Ireland (UNTSI).

UNTSI is responsible for the training and education of all Irish Defence Forces personnel preparing to take part in Peace Support Operations globally.

The prince received a briefing from Col Jaisha Mahan about an ongoing humanitarian disaster training exercise.

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The Prince of Wales tries his hand at hurling

The Prince of Wales tries his hand at hurling

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The Prince of Wales talks to children at  Kilkenny Castle after he watched a hurling demonstration before touring some of the castle and attending a civic reception. PA

The Prince of Wales talks to children at Kilkenny Castle after he watched a hurling demonstration before touring some of the castle and attending a civic reception. PA

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The Prince of Wales tries his hand at hurling as he and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Kilkenny Castle. PA

The Prince of Wales tries his hand at hurling as he and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Kilkenny Castle. PA

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The Prince of Wales with Kilkenny hurling manage Brian Cody (right) and former Killkenny star Henry Shefflin during his visit to Kilkenny Castle where he watched a demonstration of Hurling, music and dance before touring some of the castle and attending a civic reception. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 11, 2017. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are on a three day visit to Ireland. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lorraine Sullivan/PA Wire

The Prince of Wales with Kilkenny hurling manage Brian Cody (right) and former Killkenny star Henry Shefflin during his visit to Kilkenny Castle where he watched a demonstration of Hurling, music and dance before touring some of the castle and attending a civic reception. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 11, 2017. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are on a three day visit to Ireland. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lorraine Sullivan/PA Wire

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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall watch  Kilkenny hurling manage Brian Cody as they visit Kilkenny Castle and watch a demonstration of Hurling, music and dance before touring some of the castle and attending a civic reception. PA

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall watch Kilkenny hurling manage Brian Cody as they visit Kilkenny Castle and watch a demonstration of Hurling, music and dance before touring some of the castle and attending a civic reception. PA

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The Prince of Wales  is shown the shares a joke with Air Corps Pilots  as he visits The Irish Defence Forces / UN Training School at Curragh, in the Republic of Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 11, 2017. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are on a three day visit to Ireland. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Prince of Wales is shown the shares a joke with Air Corps Pilots as he visits The Irish Defence Forces / UN Training School at Curragh, in the Republic of Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 11, 2017. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are on a three day visit to Ireland. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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The Prince of Wales chats with Vice Admiral Mark Mellett and Junior defence Minister Paul Keogh visits The Irish Defence Forces / UN Training School at Curragh, in the Republic of Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 11, 2017. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are on a three day visit to Ireland. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Prince of Wales chats with Vice Admiral Mark Mellett and Junior defence Minister Paul Keogh visits The Irish Defence Forces / UN Training School at Curragh, in the Republic of Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 11, 2017. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are on a three day visit to Ireland. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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The Prince of Wales meets the public after visiting the Cartoon Saloon in Kilkenny. PA

The Prince of Wales meets the public after visiting the Cartoon Saloon in Kilkenny. PA

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The Prince of Wales as he arrives to visit the Cartoon Saloon in Kilkenny. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 11, 2017. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are on a three day visit to Ireland. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lorraine Sullivan/PA Wire

The Prince of Wales as he arrives to visit the Cartoon Saloon in Kilkenny. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 11, 2017. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are on a three day visit to Ireland. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lorraine Sullivan/PA Wire

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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall greeting students from CBS Secondary School in Kilkenny as they arrive to visit the Cartoon Saloon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 11, 2017. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are on a three day visit to Ireland. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lorraine Sullivan/PA Wire

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall greeting students from CBS Secondary School in Kilkenny as they arrive to visit the Cartoon Saloon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 11, 2017. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are on a three day visit to Ireland. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lorraine Sullivan/PA Wire

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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall greeting students from CBS Secondary School in Kilkenny as they arrive to visit the Cartoon Saloon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 11, 2017. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are on a three day visit to Ireland. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lorraine Sullivan/PA Wire

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall greeting students from CBS Secondary School in Kilkenny as they arrive to visit the Cartoon Saloon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 11, 2017. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are on a three day visit to Ireland. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lorraine Sullivan/PA Wire

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Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (C) and his wife Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall walk to their car after visiting Ireland's President, Michael D Higgins  and his wife Sabina at Aras an Uachtarain, the official residence of the President, in Pheonix Park, Dublin, on May 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (C) and his wife Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall walk to their car after visiting Ireland's President, Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at Aras an Uachtarain, the official residence of the President, in Pheonix Park, Dublin, on May 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

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Ireland's President, Michael D Higgins (2nd L) and his wife Sabina (W) walk with Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (L) and his wife Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in the gardens at Aras an Uachtarain, the official residence of the President, in Pheonix Park, Dublin, on May 10, 2017. AFP/Getty Images

Ireland's President, Michael D Higgins (2nd L) and his wife Sabina (W) walk with Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (L) and his wife Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in the gardens at Aras an Uachtarain, the official residence of the President, in Pheonix Park, Dublin, on May 10, 2017. AFP/Getty Images

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The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall with  Irish President Michael D Higgins and wife Sabina Coyne as they leave Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin, during their visit to the Republic of Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 10, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall with Irish President Michael D Higgins and wife Sabina Coyne as they leave Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin, during their visit to the Republic of Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 10, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall as they leave Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin, during their visit to the Republic of Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 10, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall as they leave Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin, during their visit to the Republic of Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 10, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Ireland's President, Michael D Higgins (L) and his wife Sabina (2nd L), greet Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and his wife Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at Aras an Uachtarain, the official residence of the President, in Pheonix Park, Dublin, on May 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland's President, Michael D Higgins (L) and his wife Sabina (2nd L), greet Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and his wife Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at Aras an Uachtarain, the official residence of the President, in Pheonix Park, Dublin, on May 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

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The Prince of Wales views the Peace bell in the grounds of Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin, during their visit to the Republic of Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 10, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Prince of Wales views the Peace bell in the grounds of Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin, during their visit to the Republic of Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 10, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall with Irish President Michael D Higgins and wife Sabina Coyne at Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin, during their visit to the Republic of Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 10, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall with Irish President Michael D Higgins and wife Sabina Coyne at Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin, during their visit to the Republic of Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 10, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Ireland's President, Michael D Higgins (2nd L) and his wife Sabina (L), greet Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and his wife Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at Aras an Uachtarain, the official residence of the President, in Pheonix Park, Dublin, on May 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland's President, Michael D Higgins (2nd L) and his wife Sabina (L), greet Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and his wife Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at Aras an Uachtarain, the official residence of the President, in Pheonix Park, Dublin, on May 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

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Ireland's President, Michael D Higgins (2nd R) and his wife Sabina (R), greet Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and his wife Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at Aras an Uachtarain, the official residence of the President, in Pheonix Park, Dublin, on May 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland's President, Michael D Higgins (2nd R) and his wife Sabina (R), greet Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and his wife Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at Aras an Uachtarain, the official residence of the President, in Pheonix Park, Dublin, on May 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

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The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall is welcomed by Irish President Michael D Higgins and wife Sabina Coyne to Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin, during their visit to the Republic of Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 10, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall is welcomed by Irish President Michael D Higgins and wife Sabina Coyne to Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin, during their visit to the Republic of Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 10, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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DROMORE, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 10: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall listen to a band  in Dromore Village during a visit to Northern Ireland on May 10, 2017 in Dromore, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Niall Carson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

DROMORE, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 10: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall listen to a band in Dromore Village during a visit to Northern Ireland on May 10, 2017 in Dromore, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Niall Carson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall is welcomed by Irish President Michael D Higgins and wife Sabina Coyne to Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin, during their visit to the Republic of Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 10, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall is welcomed by Irish President Michael D Higgins and wife Sabina Coyne to Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin, during their visit to the Republic of Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 10, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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DROMORE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 10: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales laugh as they share an ice cream during their visit to the village market on May 10, 2017 in Dromore, Northern Ireland. Their Royal Highnesses are on the second day of their visit to the province. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

DROMORE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 10: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales laugh as they share an ice cream during their visit to the village market on May 10, 2017 in Dromore, Northern Ireland. Their Royal Highnesses are on the second day of their visit to the province. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall is welcomed by Irish President Michael D Higgins and wife Sabina Coyne to Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin, during their visit to the Republic of Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 10, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall is welcomed by Irish President Michael D Higgins and wife Sabina Coyne to Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin, during their visit to the Republic of Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 10, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall is welcomed by Irish President Michael D Higgins and wife Sabina Coyne to Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin, during their visit to the Republic of Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 10, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall is welcomed by Irish President Michael D Higgins and wife Sabina Coyne to Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin, during their visit to the Republic of Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 10, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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The Prince of Wales tries his hand at hurling

A number of cross border agencies were taking part in the exercise which focused on their response should an aircraft crash into water during bad weather.

During his visit Charles also met with aircrew from the Air Corps Emergency Helicopter.