THIS is the dramatic moment when Prince William helped to nick drug runners trying to smuggle £40million-worth of cocaine across the Atlantic.
Wills, 26, was a lookout on a Navy helicopter that swooped on a suspicious powerboat north east of Barbados.
The six-strong crew put themselves in dire danger as they hovered just feet above the craft and ordered it to stop.
£40m haul ... seized cocaine
The 50ft powerboat — known by cops as a “go-fast” and thought to be heading to Europe or West Africa — was in poor condition. And it later sank.
Vital role ... Wills in uniform
“And with this kind of success in his first few days, who knows what he will have achieved by the time he leaves HMS Iron Duke in August?”
The captain said: “Sub Lt Wales was up again at 4am today to be on the bridge to help to supervise a fuel replenishment operation, in complete darkness and quite heavy seas.
“I very much hope that in about five weeks he will take the watch on the bridge and actually drive the ship under my supervision.”
“To have had a direct impact on the flow of cocaine into Europe just four days after we arrived in theatre shows the benefit the Royal Navy can have in maritime security and counter-drug operations.