A Year in Pictures 2019

The UK Armed Forces are currently deployed on 35 operations in 30 countries around the world. They help keep the peace, deliver humanitarian aid, prepare our friends for success and above all, keep Britain Safe.

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We  look back at some of the UK Armed Forces Daily best moments of 2019

The UK Armed Forces are currently deployed on 35 operations in 30 countries around the world. They help keep the peace, deliver humanitarian aid, prepare our friends for success and above all, keep Britain Safe.

As 2019 came to a close, we took a look back at some of the most memorable images of 2019 for Armed Forces Daily.

From the dust and dirt of a war zone to the gleaming uniforms of a parade, military and MOD civilian photographers capture the images that show the reality of life for UK servicemen and women. Many who capture these images are servicemen and women first and photographers second, deploying with their rifle as well as their camera, taking the same risks as others but also giving the public a unique, candid view of the realities of conflict. Away from operations they also capture the day-to-day reality of military life.

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.”

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

In total 14 Naval vessels were 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. Since 1969 the UK has had a submarine on patrol for every minute of every day, providing the UK’s nuclear deterrent.

2019 was 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.We hope you will join us on your favourite social platforms to keep up to date throughout 2020.

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