UK Defence In 2020: A Year In Pictures

The military has spent a lot of 2020 on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis, but operations have continued at home and overseas.

2020 has been a very busy year for the UK Armed Forces.

Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force personnel have been deployed on operations, exercises, civilian support and training around the world and at home.

The onset of the coronavirus pandemic saw a swift and wide-ranging military response – from building NHS Nightingale hospitals across the UK, to conducting mobile testing and airlifting casualties or supplies.

Ongoing operations and exercises continued, whilst new frontiers were reached.

The Royal Navy’s new Carrier Strike Group assembled for the first time, during NATO’s Exercise Joint Warrior.

The British Army launched its first ever dedicated cyber regiment.

Meanwhile, the largest military exercise run by the Royal Air Force in the UK for more than a decade took place.

Not to forget Captain Sir Tom Moore – the war veteran knighted by the Queen for his efforts in raising more than £32 million for the NHS.

Here is a selection of snapshots which capture the UK military’s major moments of 2020.

Cover image: An F-35B Lightning jet on HMS Queen Elizabeth’s flight deck during her Westlant 19 deployment by Kyle Heller (Picture: Royal Navy).