London: Britain's Prince William will deploy on a tour of duty to the Falkland Islands next year, the Royal Air Force said today, ahead of the 30th anniversary of a war with Argentina over the archipelago.

The 29-year-old search and rescue helicopter pilot, who is the second in line to the throne, will spend six weeks in the disputed islands in the South Atlantic Ocean in February and March, the RAF said in a statement.

There was no immediate reaction from Argentina, which also lays claim to the islands.

"The RAF can confirm that Flight Lieutenant William Wales, Search and Rescue Co-pilot, 22 Squadron, RAF Valley will complete a routine deployment to the Falkland Islands during the period February to March 2012," it said.

"This deployment forms part of a normal squadron crew rotation and will form part of Flight Lieutenant Wales' training and career progression as a Search and Rescue pilot within the RAF."

He will be part of a four-person crew.

RAF rules mean that William will not be joined by his wife Catherine on the posting to the windswept islands.

"It is conventional that deployments to the Falklands for all SAR (search and rescue) helicopter pilots are unaccompanied," it said.