100 more striking photos of military tech in action
Last year we brought you our picks of the 100 best images of the military in action, highlighting the technology that the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines deal with every day. And the advances keep coming. Here are 100 more of the greatest action shots.


Aug. 2, 2013: The forward close-in weapons system (CIWS) fires rounds during a pre-action calibration firing (PACFIRE) aboard amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).
U.S. Navy / Edward Guttierrez III


July 19, 2013: An Atlas V rocket launches the Navy's Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) 2 satellite from Space Launch Complex-41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. MUOS is a next-generation narrow band tactical satellite communications system made to improve beyond-line-of-sight communications for U.S. forces.

U.S. Navy/NASA/Patrick H. Corkery


July 15, 2013: During a flying training deployment, Bulgarian paratroopers perform a static-line jump from a C-130J Super Hercules in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Trevor Rhynes


July 15, 2013: A Marine with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion engages a simulated tank with an AT-4 light anti-armor weapon at Camp Pednletion, CA.

U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Ismael E. Ortega, 1st Marine Division


Mar. 25, 2013: A CV-22 Osprey, flown by the 8th Special Operations Squadron, hangs in the anechoic chamber at the Joint Preflight Integration of Munitions and Electronic Systems hangar at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King


Aug. 2, 2013: AS-332 Super Puma helicopters fly near the ships USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8), left, USNS Yukon (T-AO 202), center, and forward-deployed amphibious transport dock USS Denver (LPD 9) while delivering supplies during the biennial exercise Talisman Saber 2013.
U.S. Navy / Edward Guttierrez III


May 2, 3013: Marines aboard Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms CA, load an M777 lightweight 155mm Howitzer for firing during Exercise DESERT SCIMITAR.

U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. John Clary 1st Marine Division


Mar. 25, 2013: A still image from video shows a split-screen view of the Laser Weapon System (LaWS), upper left, striking a remote-controlled target aircraft.
U.S. Navy photo


Mar. 25, 2013: The Laser Weapon System (LaWS) temporarily installed aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) in San Diego, Calif., is a technology demonstrator built by the Naval Sea Systems Command from commercial fiber solid state lasers, utilizing combination methods developed at the Naval Research Laboratory.
U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams


Mar. 22, 2013: A MK38 25 mm machine gun fires remotely aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Oscar Espinoza


Mar. 25, 2013: Hardware - Honorable Mention: Capt. Blaine Jones takes off in Thunderbird 6 during the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Air Expo July 22, 2012.
U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid


Mar. 25, 2013: Combat Operational - Honorable Mention: U.S. Army soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment scan their area May 2, 2012, near Combat Outpost Sabari, Afghanistan.
U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joshua L. DeMotts


Apr. 9, 2013: Airmen from the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla., jump out of an MH-47 Chinook helicopter April 9 at Wynnehaven Beach, Fla.
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Callaway


Apr. 11, 2013: The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Diamond formation performs the Echelon Pass in Review maneuver March 13 during a practice sortie over a range in Nevada.
U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez


Mar. 25, 2013: Pictorial - Honorable Mention: 1st Lt. Drew Parks communicates with a Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet supporting Operation Spartan Shield Sept. 11, 2012, in Southwest Asia. Joint terminal attack controllers establish and maintain command and control communications, control air traffic, naval gun fire and provide precision terminal attack guidance of U.S. and coalition close air support.
U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder


Mar. 25, 2013: Hardware - Honorable Mention: A U.S. Army M3A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle from the 3rd Squadron, 1st U.S. Cavalry Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga., practices night-firing during National Training Center iteration 12-05, March 10, 2012, at Fort Irwin, Calif.
U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Aracelli Alarcon


Mar. 26, 2013: MZ-3A, the U.S. Navy's only airship currently in operation, moored at Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam Henderson


Feb. 15, 2013: An MH-60R Sea Hawk from the Raptors of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 71 launches flares alongside the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis.
U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate


Feb. 12, 2013: A unitary medium-range ballistic missile target launches from the Pacific missile range facility and flies northwest towards a broad ocean area of the Pacific Ocean.
U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mathew J. Diendorf


Feb. 21, 2013: Pfc. Cullen Rocha sits on the Gunner Station while training in the Virtual Clearance Training Suite.
U.S. Army/Staff Sergeant Pablo N. Piedra


Feb. 22, 2013: Damage Controlman First Class Nathan Alberti, right, observes Hull Technician Fireman Samson Shephard and Damage Controlman Fireman Dillon Brown approach a simulated fire during an emergency drill aboard the USS Blue Ridge.
U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeff Troutman


Feb, 15, 2013: Brian Smith, a Naval Medical Center Portsmouth computed tomography technologist, views images from a thoracic aorta scan.
U.S. Navy/Rebecca A. Perron


Feb. 21, 2013: A formation of C-130 Hercules fly over Yokota Air Base, Japan.
U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Raymond Geoffroy


Jan. 30, 2013: An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter provides plane guard to ensure safe recovery of any aircrew personnel in the event of a crash during a vertical replenishment from the USS Harry S. Truman to the guided-missile frigate USS Kaufman.
U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brandon Parker


Mar. 6, 2013: Lt. Col. Benjamin Bishop completes preflight checks before his first sortie in an F-35A Lightning II.
U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.


Feb. 1, 2013: A four-ship of F-35A Lightning IIs returns to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., after a sortie.
U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Edward Schmitt


Jan. 26, 2013: The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) fires a Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) during a live-fire exercise.
U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tamara Vaughn


Jan. 18, 2013: Six UH-60L Black Hawks and two CH-47F Chinooks simultaneously launch a daytime mission.
U.S. Army


Feb. 20, 2013: The Office of Naval Research-sponsored Situational Awareness System installed on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower uses two Electro-Optic/Infrared sensors placed forward and aft of the ship's island to provide 360 degree surveillance capability. Additionally, SAWS can enhance force protection, aid navigation, monitor visit, board, search and seizure operations, and detect mine-like objects in the water.
U.S. Navy/John F. Williams


Dec. 5, 2012: Lt. Matt Reed, assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, launches defensive flares during a flight from the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.
U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Greg Linderman


Dec. 6, 2012: U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons fighter aircrat fty over Floridas Emerald Coast during a design-try-out mission for a new operational flight program software upgrade.
U.S. Air Force


Jan. 4, 2013: Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Figel, with the U.S. Army Golden Knights tandem team, salutes as he exits the aircraft over Stinson Airfield in San Antonio.
U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. 1st Class Carlos J. Lazo, 302nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment


Dec. 14, 2012: F-16 Fighting Falcons demonstrate an 'Elephant Walk' as they taxi down the flightline at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea.
U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Fowler


Dec. 11, 2012: United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket leaves Space Launch Complex 41 with the OTV-3 for the Air Force from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brett Clashman


Dec. 3, 2012: An F-35B test aircraft BF-3 completes the first aerial weapons release of an inert 500-pound GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bomb by any variant of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft.
.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin by Layne Laughter


Jan. 8, 2012: A row of Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected, or MRAP vehicles are parked in preparation of combat operations under the star-lit skies at Forward Operating Base Shank.
U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Henry Chan, 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion Public Affairs


The aircraft carriers USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, USS George H.W. Bush, USS Enterprise, USS Harry S. Truman, and USS Abraham Lincoln are in port at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., the worlds largest naval station.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ernest R. Scott


Nov. 20, 2012: E-2C Hawkeye aircraft assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 117 fly over the Pacific Ocean near Ventura, Calif.
U.S. Navy photo by Command Master Chief Spike Call


Dec. 20, 2012: The uniforms may change, the battlegrounds may change, but Marineswill always be Americas warriors. Each week the Marines takes a look at, how as time goes on, they remain the same breed.
Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections and Sgt. Kuande Hall


Dec. 21, 2012: Marines fire M777A2 Lightweight Howitzers aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif.


Dec. 6, 2012: AV-8B Harrier pilots Capt. Jonathan Lewenthal and Capt. Eric Scheibe fly over southern Helmand province, Afghanistan after conducting an aerial refuel.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Gregory Moore


Nov. 13, 2012: U.S. Army paratroopers conduct a parachute assault at the Malamute drop zone at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
DoD/Justin Connaher, U.S. Air Force


Nov. 14, 2012: A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft flies overhead.
DoD/Airman 1st Class Rusty Frank, U.S. Air Force


Nov. 11, 2012: An F-22A Raptor opens its bomb doors.
DoD/Staff Sgt. William P. Coleman


Nov. 11, 2012: The United States Air Force Thunderbirds Squadron demonstrates the calypso pass.
DoD/Senior Airman Daniel Hughes, U.S. Air Force)


Nov. 16, 2012: U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships transit the East China Sea after the conclusion of exercise Keen Sword 2013.
DoD/Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jennifer A. Villalovos, U.S. Navy


Oct. 11, 2012: An AV-8B Harrier aircraft is refueled.
DoD/Capt. Staci Reidinger, U.S. Marine Corps


Oct. 25, 2012: U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Derrick S. Dickerson fires an M2 .50 caliber machine gun out of a CH-46E Sea Knight.
U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Bobby J. Gonzalez


Oct. 21, 2012: U.S. Army Sgts. 1st Class J.D. Berentis, left, and Dustin Peregrin, both assigned to the Golden Knights Parachute Team, monitor wind speeds.
DoD/Airman 1st Class Katrina Brisbin, U.S. Air Force


Nov. 11, 2012: U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft with the Thunderbirds demonstration team fly from the trail position into the diamond formation over Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., during the Aviation Nation Open House.
DoD/Senior Airman Daniel Hughes, U.S. Air Force


Oct. 20, 2012: The Republic of Korea Air Force air demonstration team, the Black Eagles, perform aerial maneuvers during the Air Power Day 2012 at Osan Air Base, South Korea. Air Power Day 2012 represents an annual opportunity for the United States to showcase its military personnel and unique equipment to a global audience.
DoD/Staff Sgt. Craig Cisek, U.S. Air Force


Oct. 12, 2012: An A-10 Thunderbolt II flies off the wing of a KC-135 Stratotanker during a coronet mission over Egypt.
U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Austin M. May


Oct. 15, 2012: Two EA-6B Prowlers fly in formation over the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise.
U.S. Navy/Lt. Cmdr. Josh Hammond


Oct. 30, 2012: A B1-B Lancer aircraft takes off at night toward the Las Vegas Strip.
U.S. Air Force/Val Gempis


Oct. 25, 2012: The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald launches a Standard Missile-3.
U.S. Navy


Oct. 15, 2012: Staff Sgt. Wayne Plew, directed by Staff Sgt. Timothy Liners, drives across a newly constructed non-standard bridge.
U.S Marine Corps/Cpl. Joshua Young


Oct. 27, 2012: Explosive Ordinance Disposal 2nd Class Adam Pierce and Navy Diver 3rd Class Joseph Ziemba finish final salvage procedures in preparation to recover an airborne mine countermeasures device in the Arabian Sea.
U.S. Navy/Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jayme Pastoric


Oct. 4, 2012: A Delta IV GPS IIF-3 is launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. GPS is a space-based, world-wide navigation system providing users with highly accurate, three-dimensional position, velocity and timing information 24 hours a day in all weather conditions.
Pat Corkery


Oct. 29, 2012: Flight deck personnel conduct night operations with MV-22 Osprey aircraft aboard the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer off the coast of California.
U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Oscar Espinoza


Oct. 25, 2012: A Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) launches from the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald.
U.S. Navy


Oct. 14, 2012: CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters prepare to land and offload Marines in Crow Valley, Philippines.
U.S. Marine Corps/Pfc. Caleb Hoover


Sept. 25, 2012: A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft fires off flares during a night formation training mission.
U.S. Air Force/Senior Master Sgt. Ray Lloyd


Oct. 7, 2012: An E-2C Hawkeye at night.
U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brooks B. Patton Jr.


Oct. 1, 2012: An F-35B JSF flies tests flying with missiles.
U.S. Navy/Lockheed Martin/Michael Jackson


Oct. 4, 2012: USS Gettysburg participates in a training exercise called Joint Warrior.
US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Foster Bamford


Sept. 20, 2012: An A-10 Thunderbolt II takes off at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.
U.S. Air Force/Capt. Raymond Geoffroy


Sept. 16, 2012: The U.S. Air Force Demonstration Team, the Thunderbirds, perform during the 2012 Airpower Over the Midwest air show at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Brian J. Valencia


Oct. 2, 2012: Two F-35B Joint Strike Fighters conduct the first aerial refueling of its kind with a KC-130J Hercules in the sky above Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Brian Adam Jones


Sept. 23, 2012: An AV-8B Harrier flies in position.
U.S. Marine Corps/Gunnery Sgt. Chad R. Kiehl


Sept. 26, 2012: USS Green Bay conducts a live-fire exercise.
U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Elizabeth Merriam


Sept. 19, 2012: An F-22A Raptor (top) and an F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter fly over the Emerald coast
U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Jeremy T. Lock


Sept. 10, 2012: Lockheed Martin test pilot Dan Canin flies BF-2 during air start testing.
U.S. Navy/Lockheed Martin/Michael Jackson


Sept. 12, 2012: The forward deployed Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) launches a Harpoon missile from the aft missile deck.
U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly


Sept. 17, 2012: A Marine fires an AT-4 light anti-armor weapon.
U.S. Marine Corps/Gunnery Sgt. Michael K. Kropiewnicki


Sept. 10, 2012: A Phalanx close-in weapons system (CIWS) fires at a missile decoy towed by a jet on a long cable.
U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly


Sept. 16, 2012: The Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Amelia Earhart as seen from the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens.
U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly


Sept. 4, 2012: An E-2C Hawkeye flies over the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise.
U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jared King


Sept. 5, 2012: Tara Fuller kisses her husband, Capt. Charles Fuller, during a homecoming event.
U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Julianne Showalter


Sept. 10, 2012: An F-15E Strike Eagle receives fuel from a 100th Air Refueling Wing KC-135 Stratotanker.
U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Ethan Morgan


Sept. 5, 2012: Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys fly over the Arabian Sea.
U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Keonaona C. Paulo


Sept. 8, 2012: U.S. sailors coast into the shore to extract a squad of U.S. Marines.
U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Tyler J. Thornhill


Aug. 24, 2012: A heritage flight that included two F-86 Sabres flanking an A-10 Thunderbolt II.
U.S. Air Force/Josh Plueger


An F/A-18 Super Hornet breaks the sound barrier.
U.S. Navy/Seaman Phylicia A. Sorenson


July 29, 2012: Marines with India Battery fire an M-327 120mm Expeditionary Fire Support System.
U.S. Marine Corps/2nd Lt. Joshua W. Larson


July 12, 2012: A Marine Corps a R7-A1 amphibious assault vehicle driver waits on Pyramid beach for the authorization to close the hatch and head into the ocean.
U.S. Marine Corps/Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael Holzworth


Aug. 18, 2012: PACIFIC OCEAN (August 17, 2012) Operations Specialist 1st Class Andrew Pristyak stands watch in the combat information center aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George.
U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher S. Johnson


July 27, 2012: A U.S. Marine Corps M1A1 Abrams tank finishes refueling.
U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Samuel J. Nieves


Aug. 6, 2012: MH-60S Seahawk helicopters fire flares.
U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Zachary A. Anderson


Aug. 4, 2012: Cpt. Wayne Griffin salutes as a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter lifts off.
U.S Army/Staff Sgt. Joseph Wilbanks


Aug. 6, 2012: F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets fly in formation above USS Abraham Lincoln.
U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Zachary A. Anderson


July 22, 2012: Cpl. Richard Sippl fires a 7.62mm GAU-17/A Minigun.
U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth


Aug. 17, 2012: The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George approaches the Centennial Bridge during its transit through the Panama Canal.
U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher S. Johnson


Aug. 6, 2012: The Secretary of the Navy observes nighttime flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise
U.S. Navy/Chief Mass Communication Specialist Sam Shavers


July 24, 2012: 1st Lt. Lyndon Hill fires the M9 pistol.
U.S. Army/Visual Information Specialist Gertrud Zach


Aug. 19, 2012: GULF OF ADEN (Aug. 18, 2012) Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Amanda M. Verga performs a safety check on the blade fold harness of an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter.
U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aaron Chase


Aug. 6, 2012: A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit bomber aircraft prepares to launch.
U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Miguel Lara III


Aug. 20, 2012: Tugs guide the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Louisiana to its berth at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.
U.S. Navy/Lt. Ed Early


Aug. 9, 2012: CH-53D Sea Stallions launch flares during a flight over Helmand province, Afghanistan.
U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Isaac Lamberth


June 14, 2012: F-35B Joint Strike Fighter test aircraft BF-2 completed the first test flight for the short takeoff and vertical landing variant with an asymmetric weapons load.
Lockheed Martin


July 28, 2012: Arctic Thunderbirds fly in formation at the Arctic Thunder Open House.
U.S. Air Force/Justin Connaher

100 more striking photos of military tech in action

Last year we brought you our picks of the 100 best images of the military in action, highlighting the technology that the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines deal with every day. And the advances keep coming. Here are 100 more of the greatest action shots.

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