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GALLERY: Defence 2009 - A Year in Pictures

HMS Gloucester approaching Angostura Inglesa  JPG (87.6 KB)

Picture 23: HMS Gloucester approaching Angostura Inglesa [Picture: Crown Copyright/MOD 2009]

A Combat Logistics Patrol in southern Afghanistan JPG (567.6 KB)

Picture 22: A Combat Logistics Patrol in southern Afghanistan [Picture: Ben Park, Crown Copyright/MOD 2009]

Soldiers stand guard over their camp on Salisbury Plain JPG (123.7 KB)

Picture 21: Soldiers from Command Troop, The Light Dragoons, stand guard over their camp on Salisbury Plain, supported by a Sultan Command Vehicle [Picture: Cpl Rupert Frere RLC, MOD/Crown Copyright 2009]

HMS Daring JPG (306.5 KB)

Picture 20: HMS Daring [Picture: Crown Copyright/MOD 2009]

A local Afghan resident completes his registration documents JPG (336.6 KB)

Picture 19: A local Afghan resident completes his registration documents at a mobile voter registration unit in advance of the elections in August 2009 [Picture: Sgt Dan Harmer, Crown Copyright/MOD 2009]

From left: Laurie, Jade, Aimee, Kelly and Jordan Thompson JPG (62.7 KB)

Picture 18: The daughters of Gary Thompson, the oldest serviceman to die in Afghanistan - from left: Laurie, Jade, Aimee, Kelly and Jordan [Picture: via MOD]

A member of Lima Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines, and his explosives-detecting dog take a break JPG (106.8 KB)

Picture 17: A member of Lima Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines, and his explosives-detecting dog take a break in Helmand province [Picture: James Elmer, Crown Copyright/MOD 2009]

An Australian gunner fires the 105mm 'Dragon' field gun JPG (252.4 KB)

Picture 16: An Australian gunner from 4th Field Regiment Royal Australian Artillery fires the 105mm 'Dragon' field gun [Picture: Cpl Dan Bardsley RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2009]

A female Afghan National Police member carries out small arms training JPG (470.0 KB)

Picture 15: A female Afghan National Police member carries out small arms training on a firing range in Helmand, southern Afghanistan [Picture: Corporal Steve Wood, Crown Copyright/MOD 2009]

Tornado GR4 pilots arrive back at RAF Marham JPG (105.6 KB)

Picture 14: Tornado GR4 pilots arrive back at RAF Marham [Picture: SAC Ellie Insley, Crown Copyright/MOD 2009]

Fitting-out continues on new attack submarine Astute JPG (86.8 KB)

Picture 13: Fitting-out continues on new attack submarine Astute in Barrow-in-Furness [Picture: Mike Vallance, Crown Copyright/MOD 2009]

Private Barry Dougan cautiously approaches a room in a compound searching for narcotics and illegal weapons JPG (92.1 KB)

Picture 12: Private Barry Dougan of The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, cautiously approaches a room in a compound searching for narcotics and illegal weapons during a patrol in Afghanistan [Picture: Cpl Rupert Frere, Crown Copyright/MOD 2009]

A British Army infantryman adopts a firing position alongside a scaled-down soldier JPG (284.7 KB)

Picture 11: A British Army infantryman adopts a firing position alongside a scaled-down soldier [Picture: Harland Quarrington, Crown Copyright/MOD 2009]

A 1 (Fighter) Squadron Harrier pilot prepares for take-off JPG (93.4 KB)

Picture 10: A 1 (Fighter) Squadron Harrier pilot prepares for take-off [Picture: SAC Neil Chapman, Crown Copyright/MOD 2009]

Royal Marines take a spin in one of their new armoured raiding craft JPG (456.4 KB)

Picture 9: Royal Marines take a spin in one of their new armoured raiding craft [Picture: PO(Phot) Sean Clee, Crown Copyright/MOD 2009]

A Guardsman shouts information back as his men go through a compound assault JPG (551.4 KB)

Picture 8: A Guardsman shouts information back as the men of 7 Platoon, 2 Company, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, go through a compound assault in Afghanistan [Picture: Corporal Dan Bardsley RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2009]

20th Armoured Brigade's flag is lowered at Basra's Contingency Operating Base JPG (248.6 KB)

Picture 7: 20th Armoured Brigade's flag is lowered at Basra's Contingency Operating Base [Picture: Corporal Williams RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2009]

A Merlin helicopter from RAF Benson is loaded onto a C-17 at RAF Brize Norton JPG (175.5 KB)

Picture 6: A Merlin helicopter from RAF Benson is loaded onto a C-17 at RAF Brize Norton for delivery to Afghanistan [Picture: Steve Lympany, Crown Copyright/MOD 2009]

A captured 'go fast' vessel is destroyed by HMS Iron Duke's upper deck guns JPG (120.3 KB)

Picture 5: A captured 'go fast' vessel, which posed a hazard to shipping, is destroyed by HMS Iron Duke's upper deck guns [Picture: LA(Phot) Stuart Hill, Crown Copyright/MOD 2009]

A young girl runs into the arms of her soldier mother JPG (586.3 KB)

Picture 4: A young girl runs into the arms of her soldier mother as the 40th Regiment Royal Artillery return to Lisburn Barracks in Northern Ireland after six months in Afghanistan [Picture: Corporal Gabriel Moreno RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2009]

Flight Lieutenant Kirsty Moore JPG (140.1 KB)

Picture 3: Flight Lieutenant Kirsty Moore became the first ever female member of the world-famous Red Arrows display team this year [Picture: SAC Ben Stevenson, Crown Copyright/MOD 2009]

A flypast of Royal Navy Merlin, Sea King and Lynx helicopters over London for Fly Navy 100 JPG (102.3 KB)

Picture 2: A flypast of Royal Navy Merlin, Sea King and Lynx helicopters over London for Fly Navy 100 [Picture: LA(Phot) Caroline Davies, Crown Copyright/MOD 2009]

A Royal Air Force Chinook helicopter lands during a resupply of ground forces JPG (92.4 KB)

Picture 1: A Royal Air Force Chinook helicopter lands during a resupply of ground forces [Picture: Sgt Dan Harmer, Crown Copyright/MOD 2009]

GALLERY: Defence 2009 - A Year in Pictures

For the run up to Christmas, the MOD online news team has once again picked out the images that best represent our defence news coverage over the past year.
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