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Incredible photos of brave troops in action this year are released by Ministry of Defence

From soldiers returning home, to war games in Oman, this stunning picture set showcases the inspirational year had by the Armed Forces.

One incredible shot illustrates the HMS Protector sailing through the Antarctic on a routine patrol, while another shows the Red Arrows racing through the sky above the Mall as part of the RAF’s centenary celebrations.

Another remarkable image depicts a female member of the Royal Navy rehearsing ceremonial drills at HMS Excellent, Whale Island, near Portsmouth.

She was preparing for the National Day of Remembrance Ceremony, which was held a few days later on November 11 at the Cenotaph in London.

And showing the Commonwealth out in force, one photograph shows British, Australian, and New Zealand, along with American, German, and Danish, soldiers celebrating the Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The group watched the wedding live in Afghanistan with tea and scones and a large Union Flag cake; before retiring for a menu of traditional British dinner options.

With the year coming to a close, we take a look back at some of the most memorable images, captured by service and Ministry of Defence civilian photographers…

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 soldier from the 1 MERCIAN (or 1st Battalion, The Mercian Regiment) Anti Tank Platoon at the Fire Power Demonstration Area near the Convoy Support Centre during Exercise Saif Sareea 3 in Oman

Javelin missile being fired by a soldier from the 1 MERCIAN (or 1st Battalion, The Mercian Regiment) Anti Tank Platoon 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 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

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

A female member of the Royal Navy rehearsing ceremonial drills at HMS Excellent, Whale Island

Right: 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. Left:  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

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 cake

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 cake

A Chinook helicopter fast-ropes Marines onto a beach assault during the final fire power demonstration on Exercise Saif Sareea 3 in Oman

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

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

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

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

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

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

Right: The Red Arrows, flying over the Mall and Buckingham Palace in July. Left: 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

The Pipe Major of 4 Scots playing at Edinburgh Castle. He was rehearing for the Edinburgh Tattoo festival this year

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