Favourite photos of 2013 #9: Royal Navy submarine HMS Ambush returning to HMNB Clyde

Pictured is HMS Ambush returning to HMNB Clyde in Scotland. © Crown Copyright 2013. Photographer: CPOA(Phot) Thomas McDonald

Favourite photos of 2013 #7: Rainbow forms over the bow wave of USS Antietam

131015-N-TG831-122 EAST CHINA SEA (Oct. 15, 2013) The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) plows through heavy seas and high winds. Antietam is on patrol with the George Washington Carrier Strike Group in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Declan Barnes/Released)

Favourite photos of 2013 #6: Royal Navy radar operator in HMS Monmouth ops room

A radar operator in the operations room onboard Type 23 frigate HMS Monmouth. Alarms sound, drills commence, monitors flash, switches are made; it seems a lot to think about all at once, but this is the constant tempo in the beating heart of HMS Monmouth; the Operations Room. There are banks of displays each showing unique information which, to the untrained eye, is a jumble of letters, numbers and lines, but to the members of the Warfare department who call the Ops room home, it enables them to fuse information together to allow the Ship to operate effectively and is their way of life throughout a 7 month deployment. © Crown Copyright 2013. Photographer: L(Phot) Will Haigh

Favourite photos of 2013 #5: Royal Navy divers in Antarctica

Royal Navy divers from the Ice Patrol Vessel HMS Protector are pictured diving beside an iceberg near Detaille Island, Antarctica. A Royal Navy Clearance Diver spends months training to become fully conversant with underwater search, engineering and Explosive Ordnance Disposal. Diving in zero visibility is common; underwater tasks are both physically and psychologically demanding. © Crown Copyright 2013. Photographer: LA(Phot) Arron Hoare

Favourite photos of 2013 #3: Launch of PCU USS Forth Worth (LCS-3)

101204-N-0000X-003 MARINETTE, Wis. (Dec. 4, 2010) The littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Fort Worth (LCS 3) is launched into the Menominee River during a christening ceremony for the navy’s third littoral combat ship. Fort Worth will continue to undergo outfitting and testing at Marinette Marine before delivery to the Navy in 2012. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin/Released)

Favourite photos of 2013 #2: HMS Monmouth underway with USS John C. Stennis

130115-N-OY799-218 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Jan. 15, 2013) The Royal Navy frigate HMS Monmouth (F-235), front, is underway with the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and the guide-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)