In pictures: The Ministry of Defence's best images from around the world in 2019

The Ministry of Defence has released its best pictures of 2019 which include an armoured vehicle pushing through flames, a boy saluting Red Arrow pilots and a helicopter picking up a Royal Marine at sea.

The brilliant images were taken by military and civilian photographers from across the world.

They capture warzones, military parades and exercises and other memorable moments.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “Our Armed Forces have been at the heart of some of our country’s biggest achievements in 2019. 

“To capture their work we have deployed photographers around the globe to give the general public a unique glimpse of life in our Armed Forces. 

“Defence photographers are some of the most valued and highly trained members of our Armed Forces and I thank them for their service.”

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The Defence Imagery Editor Panay Triantafillides added: “2019 has been a fantastic year for our Armed Forces and these images showcase the realities of military life and the unique talents of our photographers from across the Royal Navy, Army, RAF and MOD.”

More than 11,000 sailors, soldiers, airmen and marines will be working over the festive period, involved in 35 operations in more than 30 countries ranging from Iraq to Estonia.

In total 14 Naval vessels will be at sea from Type 45 Destroyer HMS Defender and Type 23 Frigate HMS Montrose in the Gulf to survey ship HMS Enterprise in the Pacific.

A Trojan armoured vehicle, operated by Royal Engineers, pushes forward to breach enemy positions during a simulated exercise on Salisbury Plain (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Best of Defence Imagery 2019
A Trojan armoured vehicle, operated by Royal Engineers, pushes forward to breach enemy positions during a simulated exercise on Salisbury Plain (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Jacob Newson, five, takes a salute from his heroes the Red Arrows pilots, at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Best of Defence Imagery 2019
Jacob Newson, five, takes a salute from his heroes the Red Arrows pilots, at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Image of a female sailor onboard HMS Albion, taking part in a simulated attack exercise (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Best of Defence Imagery 2019
Image of a female sailor onboard HMS Albion, taking part in a simulated attack exercise (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
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HMS Queen Elizabeth returning to Portsmouth, after a landmark deployment to the United States (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Best of Defence Imagery 2019
HMS Queen Elizabeth returning to Portsmouth, after a landmark deployment to the United States (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Image of HMS Queen Elizabeth (background) and HMS Prince of Wales (foreground), seen here at Portsmouth (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
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Image of HMS Queen Elizabeth (background) and HMS Prince of Wales (foreground), seen here at Portsmouth (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Pictured is COMATG (Commodore Amphibious Task Group), seen here on the bridge of HMS Albion, at action stations, during an exercise (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Best of Defence Imagery 2019
Pictured is COMATG (Commodore Amphibious Task Group), seen here on the bridge of HMS Albion, at action stations, during an exercise (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Image shows an F35b Lightning Aircraft during take-off as it departs from Royal Air Force (RAF) Marham to Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Beaufort (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
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Image shows an F35b Lightning Aircraft during take-off as it departs from Royal Air Force (RAF) Marham to Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Beaufort (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Members of the Royal Navy HADR Troop and the French troops taking part in the stretcher assault course at at Fort Saint Louis, Fort De France, Martinique (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Best of Defence Imagery 2019
Members of the Royal Navy HADR Troop and the French troops taking part in the stretcher assault course at at Fort Saint Louis, Fort De France, Martinique (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Image shows HMS Protector at night whilst alongside Teeside Docks in Middlesborough (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Best of Defence Imagery 2019
Image shows HMS Protector at night whilst alongside Teeside Docks in Middlesborough (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Image of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, seen here performing the 'Goose' manoeuvre on a very still morning whilst fisherman watch on in Chalkoutsi, Greece (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Best of Defence Imagery 2019
Image of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, seen here performing the 'Goose' manoeuvre on a very still morning whilst fisherman watch on in Chalkoutsi, Greece (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Image of two RAF T2 Hawks flying in formation. The Photo chase took place over North Wales, and involved the IV(R) Sqn and XXV(F) Sqn Hawks (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Best of Defence Imagery 2019
Image of two RAF T2 Hawks flying in formation. The Photo chase took place over North Wales, and involved the IV(R) Sqn and XXV(F) Sqn Hawks (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Image of the Tattoo Dance Company, performing traditional Highland dance alongside The Massed Pipes and Drums at the 2019 performance of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
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Image of the Tattoo Dance Company, performing traditional Highland dance alongside The Massed Pipes and Drums at the 2019 performance of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Image of a Red Arrows flypast over London, taken from Red 10’s aircraft, piloted by Sqn Ldr Adam Collins with Cpl Ashley Keates, team photographer in the rear (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Best of Defence Imagery 2019
Image of a Red Arrows flypast over London, taken from Red 10’s aircraft, piloted by Sqn Ldr Adam Collins with Cpl Ashley Keates, team photographer in the rear (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Image shows Officer Cadets from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS), carrying out public order exercises as part of their training (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Best of Defence Imagery 2019
Image shows Officer Cadets from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS), carrying out public order exercises as part of their training (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Image of Royal Marine Commandos parachuting from a C130 over Denmark at sunrise during Exercise Baltic Protector (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Best of Defence Imagery 2019
Image of Royal Marine Commandos parachuting from a C130 over Denmark at sunrise during Exercise Baltic Protector (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Image of the interior of a Royal Air Force Atlas A400M transport aircraft, as it fly's over the South Atlantic Islands of South Georgia (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Best of Defence Imagery 2019
Image of the interior of a Royal Air Force Atlas A400M transport aircraft, as it fly's over the South Atlantic Islands of South Georgia (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Image of a pair of RAF Typhoons waiting to taxi out and depart from RAF Akrotiri on an Op SHADER night mission (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Best of Defence Imagery 2019
Image of a pair of RAF Typhoons waiting to taxi out and depart from RAF Akrotiri on an Op SHADER night mission (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Image of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows flying over New York streaming the Red, White and Blue (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Best of Defence Imagery 2019
Image of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows flying over New York streaming the Red, White and Blue (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Image of a Royal Marine from 4 Assault Squadron, HMS Albion, jumping (Helocasting) from a Merlin helicopter into the sea to link up with inflatable raiding craft during an amphibious landing exercise taking place at Kolga Bay, Estonia (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Best of Defence Imagery 2019
Image of a Royal Marine from 4 Assault Squadron, HMS Albion, jumping (Helocasting) from a Merlin helicopter into the sea to link up with inflatable raiding craft during an amphibious landing exercise taking place at Kolga Bay, Estonia (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Image of HMS Argyll at the Excel Centre in London. This image was taken with a Neutral Density filter and long exposure (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Best of Defence Imagery 2019
Image of HMS Argyll at the Excel Centre in London. This image was taken with a Neutral Density filter and long exposure (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Image of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic team, the Red Arrows and a British Airways Boeing 747, seen here carrying out a flypast over the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)
Best of Defence Imagery 2019
Image of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic team, the Red Arrows and a British Airways Boeing 747, seen here carrying out a flypast over the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford (Picture: UK MOD/Crown 2019)

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