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Best of the best: Incredible photos of brave troops in action this year are released by Ministry of Defence (39 Pics)

The Principal Director of Music Wing Commander Piers Morrell conducting the massed military bands and massed pipes and drums at final dress rehearsals for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2018 festival
Javelin missile being fired by a mercenary at the Fire Power Demonstration Area near the Convoy Support Centre during Exercise Saif Sareea 3 in Oman
HMS Protector sailing through the Antarctic on a routine patrol, where it checks to confirm the Antarctic Treaty is being upheld. During these visits the ship sailed to Deception Island, Nelson's Island, Harmony Point, and Port Lockroy
HMS Diamond, a Type 45 destroyer, currently on operations in the Mediterranean sea, seen here with her Wildcat helicopter test firing it's defensive aid suite
Sergeant Lee Coonan landing his Parachute during Exercise Falcon Stack 2018. Falcon Stack is the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team annual pre-season training and development exercise at Lake Elsinore, USA.


Female member of the Royal Navy rehearsing ceremonial drills at HMS Excellent, Whale Island
Lieutenant colonel Rob Hedderwick with his daughters and son, as he returned home to Scotland, after six month training and mentoring Security Forces in Iraq
British, American, Australian, German, Danish and New Zealand soldiers celebrating the Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as they watch the wedding live in Afghanistan enjoying tea and scones and a large Union Flag cak
A Chinook helicopter fast-ropes Marines onto a beach assault during the final fire power demonstration on Exercise Saif Sareea 3 in Oman
A Challenger Two main battle tank taking part in exercise Saif Sareea 3 in Oman as the sunsets on another day
An Army Lynx helicopter of 657 Sqn Army Air Corps (AAC), part of the Joint Special Forces Aviation Wing, landing at RAF Odiham in the UK
A RAF Puma HC2 flying over the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, as part of a deployment in support of Operation TORAL. The Puma is the main source of transport between different camps within Kabul
Royal Navy submarine HMS Trenchant dramatically smashed through the ice of the North Pole during a Polar Ice Exercise
This funny shot shows Recovery mechanic Ian Pew (centre), 31, from Wishaw, running out of luck when he crossed paths with Darth Vader at the Stirling Armed Forces Day in June
The Red Arrows, flying over the Mall and Buckingham Palace in July.
A light-hearted display of a very well-trained horse and two very brave volunteers during the HCMR (The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment) Open Day at Bodney Camp, Norfolk, in July


A RAF Chinook helicopter dropping off tons of chalk to help the New Zealand High Commission and local volunteers to restore a kiwi carved into the chalk on Beacon Hill, above the town of Bulford in Wiltshire
An 846 Sqn Merlin lands on the flight deck of HMS St Albans. The specialised variant of the Merlin has taken over the duties from the Sea King. The Merlin is a faster and more powerful aircraft than its predecessor
A member of C Company, 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment patroling across the Caylus training area during Exercise Falcon Amarante
This stunning shot shows the exercise Shamal Storm 16 in action which was an overseas training exercise in the Kingdom of Jordan by Force Troops Command
A Weapon Systems Operator (WSOP) looking out of the front crewman's door of his CH-47 Chinook as the setting sun disappears at MCAS Yuma, Arizona
Soldiers taking a well earned rest, as they share a few words with a member of the Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. Around 100 soldiers from The Highlanders, 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland were deployed to help control a fire on Saddleworth Moor this year
A fun image of children from Spring Nursery at RAF Halton, celebrating their very own Royal Event
The HMS Queen Elizabeth, seen here coming into New York Harbour with the Statue of Liberty in the foreground
A member of the 2nd Medical Regiment, Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), is seen here engaging with local Kenyan children in accident prevention
RAF photographer Cpl Tim Laurence captured a selfie during a routine training deployment over the coast of Anglesey, Wales in an RAF Hawk T2
F-35 Lightning fighter jets conducting their first night flying trials off the United Kingdom's largest warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth
Air Cadets from Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, sharing a joke and smile after performing drills on the parade ground
A Merlin Mk3A helicopter of 845 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) operating from Bardufoss, Norway, during Exercise Nordic Eagle
A Royal Marine Mountain Leader briefing Royal Marines on Cliff Assault Techniques during Exercise Winter Walker in Snowdonia National Park
This shot shows early morning desert moves for the Household Cavalry Regiment on Exercise Saif Sareea 3, Shafa Training Area, in Oman
Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, The Rifles, training on the Sennybridge Training Area, despite the onset of Storm Diana
Pictured in the foreground is a Royal Air Force CH-47 Chinook flying with two USMC CH-53 Sea Stallions during a twilight training sortie in Arizona
Two RAF F-35B Lightning aircrafts, flying in formation over the North Sea. Royal Air Force F-35B Lightning jets passed another significant milestone this year by conducting their first exercise with UK based American F-15s and French Air Force Rafales, over the skies of East Anglia and the North Sea
A RAF Airbus A400M Atlas taking part in the Royal international Air Tattoo (RIAT) 2018 which is held annually at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire
A member of 11 (EOD) Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps deploying a 'Wheelbarrow Mk 8a' by moving it down a ramp form a heavily armoured six-wheeled Mastiff Protected Patrol Vehicle
The Pipe Major of 4 Scots playing at Edinburgh Castle. He was rehearing for the Edinburgh Tattoo festival this year

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