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20 great photos the Australian Army took in the past year

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Recently we featured some of the incredible images photographers took of the Royal Australian Navy in action over the past year.

Today, it’s the Australian Army’s turn, with spectacular snaps of the troops in action over our skies, across the Middle East and in humanitarian projects throughout the South Pacific.

You can see thousands of the official photos, updated every day at the ADF’s site here. We’ve gathered the best of them.

An Australian Army M777 howitzer gun fires in support of infantry operations during Exercise Diamond Strike, conducted in the Shoalwater Bay training area, Queensland.

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An Australian Army soldier from 1st Commando Regiment jumps from a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules aircraft during their annual certification parachute jump into the waters off Manly Beach as part of Exercise Red Pegasus.

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An Australian Army Black Hawk helicopter from the 6th Aviation Regiment conducts a helo cast insertion into the waters off Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, during Exercise Night Naip.

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Andrew Laming MP (right) participates in care of the battle casualty training with Australian Army officer Major Scott Samson (left) during the January 2016 ADF Parliamentary Program visit to Camp Baird, Australia’s main command and logistics base in the Middle East.

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Military Working Dog (MWD) Handler Leading Aircraftman (LAC) Scott Marshal releases his MWD onto LAC Daniel Jordan as Gap Year Aircraftwoman Lauren Smith radios for backup during a practice intruder dog attack scenario.

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An Australian Army M1A1 Abrams tank from 1st Armoured Regiment fires on a target during a live-fire activity as part of Exercise Predator's Run at Cultana training area, South Australia.

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An Australian Army soldier from Task Group Taji 2's Force Protection Company clears a training area before Iraqi Army soldiers arrive for night training at Taji Military Complex, Iraq.

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Soldiers from Reconstruction Task Force 4 have fought to save the lives of 4 Afghans, seriously injured by a Taliban roadside bomb during the holy month of Ramadan.

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An Australian Army soldier from Task Group Taji 2's Force Protection Company provides security for Australian and New Zealand soldiers at Taji Military Complex, Iraq.

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A member of Task Group Taji’s BPC, part of Australia’s broader Defence contribution to Iraq, codenamed Operation OKRA, which includes a Special Operations Task Group and an Air Task Group.

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An Australian Army soldier from Task Group Taji 2's Force Protection Company provides overwatch for Australian and New Zealand soldiers at Taji Military Complex, Iraq.

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Australian, British, Danish and New Zealand military personnel hike towards Charandaz peak on the morning of Christmas Eve in the training area of the Afghan National Army Officer Academy near Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Cpl. Teome Matamua and Sgt. Phillip McIllvaney, Australian Army 176th Air Dispatch Squadron loadmasters, deliver the first low-cost, low-altitude bundle of Operation Christmas Drop 2015 to the island of MogMog.

Picture: U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Katrina Brisbin

Australian Army soldiers from 1st Commando Regiment conduct an annual certification parachute jump from a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules aircraft into the waters off Manly Beach as part of Exercise Red Pegasus.

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Task Group Taji Australian Army trainer Corporal Benjamin Wallis instructs regular Iraqi Army soldiers during a live-fire range shoot at the Taji Military Complex in Iraq.

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A vegemite and jam sandwich created from a ration pack during a road trip for Operation ASLAN.

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Australian Army Lieutenant Robert Bitters pours ration pack chocolate into the hand of a young boy from Happy Land on Erromango island.

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An Australian Army MRH90 Taipan multi-role helicopter from 5th Aviation Regiment loaded inside the cargo bay of a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster III.

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An Australian Army M1A1 Abrams tank from 1st Armoured Regiment fires on a target during a live-fire activity as part of Exercise Predator's Run at Cultana training area, South Australia.

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An Australian Army M1 Abrams tank joins the assault onto the Palmers Ridge complex during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 at Shoalwater Bay, Queensland.

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