The most hilarious, incredible and thought provoking photos of the Nigerian military.

In all of its branches, the Nigerian military has had an incredibly active couple of years.

Luckily, photographers were often on hand to capture the training, combat, and downtime of the men and women in uniform.

We’ve broken out the best photos of each of the military’s five branches — Army, Navy, Air Force and Special Forces. Now, we want to highlight the best of the best images that show the wide range of what military life in Nigeria entails.

Too close for comfort.

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While trying to salute NNS thunder, this privately contracted security boat was almost capsized. The boat got to close to NNS thunder.
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090317-N-1688B-007 LAGOS, Nigeria (March 17, 2009) – Sailors aboard USS Nashville (LPD 13) salute the NNS Aradu (F 89) while pulling into Lagos Nigeria. Nashville is currently deployed with Africa Partnership Station (APS). APS is an international initiative developed by Naval Forces Europe and Naval Forces Africa which aims to work cooperatively with U.S. and international partners to improve maritime safety and security on the African continent. Nashville is focused on supporting the APS strategy in West and Central Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew Bookwalter/Released)

Coolest job in the military

Members of the Nigerian Army Airborne Rangers jump out of a C-130 Hercules during a skydiving demonstration over the Sambisa forest.

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Ground crew directs F-7Ni fighter from its hanger.

THUNDER in the Atlantic

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The Nigerian Navy Flagship,NNS Thunder transits the Atlantic enrout Australia where she participated in the International Fleet Review.
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The second biggest ship in the Nigerian Navy, the extremely long-ranged NNS Thunder, capable of handling a voyage of 26,000 kms at ‘economic speeds’. It’s is the only warship in Africa today able to execute a total circumnavigation of the continent’s 26,000km coastline on one full tank – without the need for refuelling.
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So impressed were the participating Navies, that NNSThunder F90 was officially vested with the honour of “Hero of the International Fleet Review” on account of having sailed all of 15,000 miles and halfway across the world to join other friendly navies in Australia. The Nigerian Navy were also the sole African service at the event and signalled Nigeria as a Naval Power.

BATMAN

Nigerian army’s secrete weapon.

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Not many armies can boast of a superhero like Batman.
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With Batman in your side…it’s a no breather.
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Female troops gather for a group photo getting ready to board an Air Force C-130 Hercules for deploymentl
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A female soldier pose for a photo as she waits to board a C-130 Hercules.
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Service men loading a C-130 Hercules with supplies and equipment.

 

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Female troops on-board a C-139 Hercules enroute to the northeast.
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Among the equipment being loaded is the Chief of Staffs Official Vehicle.
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Among the equipment being loaded is the Chief of Staffs Official motorbike.
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This Nigerian soldier is so dog-tired exhausted – that he refuses to wake up as soldiers prepare for a dawn assault.
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Is this guy the new Rambo or what?
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Nigerian Air Force Special Forces Regiment conducts an assault drill in the sands of the northeast.
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Combat medic provides treatment to a wounded while pinned down under a hail of bullet during a clearing mission on a Boko Haram camp.
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An Mi-35M helicopter at tree-top level.

Search & Destroy

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Exhausted soldier from the 7th Infantry Division sits on the ground after completing an 11.5 hour combat mission to search for weapons caches in the vast plains of the Sambisa forest.
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Soldiers attached to the 144 Task Force Battalion carrying out a search end destroy mission for hidden weapons cashes in the Sambisa forest.
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Soldiers attached to the 144 Task Force Battalion carrying out a search end destroy mission for hidden weapons cashes in the Sambisa forest.
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Air Force Regiment conducts a Rescue drill.
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An AW101 helicopter pilot shows of his dabbling skill.
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Survival 101. Even in church never Let your guard down.
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Sentries secure the peremeter of a base at night.

Hundreds of Boko Haram fighter captured by Nigerian troops.

 

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Nigerian soldiers tries to keep warm on base camp in the cold harmattan . The soldiers with 7th Infantry Division maintain multiple security responsibilities when bedded down and not actively seeking the enemy. There is always someone awake and on duty to maintain radio communications or security for the platoons of the company, regardless of the time of day or location.
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Two soldiers provide over-watch security at an army base.
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Nigerian Navy SBS underwater training.
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Nigerian Navy SBS underwater training.
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An roadside bomb exploded like a dusty thunderclap directly underneath the front left tire of the MaxxPro MRAP, sending the tall, roughly 20-ton vehicle lurching at least 10 feet forward and scattering chunks of the outer hull like amputated body parts.
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An roadside bomb exploded like a dusty thunderclap directly underneath the front left tire of the MaxxPro MRAP, sending the tall, roughly 20-ton vehicle lurching at least 10 feet forward and scattering chunks of the outer hull like amputated body parts.
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Field Artillery Guns rain down 155 High Explosive shells on Boko Haram positions 13 miles out.
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A soldier plugs his ears with his fingers to protect his eardrums from the ear shattering BOOM ! from the Bofors self prooelled artillery gun.
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With a kill zone of 100 metres, each shell obliterates all life within the size of a football field.
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Nigerian troops rain down 122 mm rocket artillery shells on Boko Haram positions.
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Nigerian Air Force Special Forces Regiment storm Boko Haram country.
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Soldiers set ablaze Boko Haram camps.
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Two soldier take tactical positions securing the peremeter as troops burn down Boko Haram camps.
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A Nigerian soldier in combat mode.
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Another camp falls to the Nigerian army.
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A CH-3 attack drone assigned to the NAF Strike Reconnaissance Squadron takes off on a recon mission.
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A Nigerian Navy Maritime Patrol Plane over the Atlantic.
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An Otoka Cobra MRAP whethered by the wet yet dusty plains of the northeast.
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An Augusta Westland utility helicopter fitted with a machine gun.
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Two AW101 helicopters prepare to lift off for a Recce mission over Boko Haram country.
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An AW101 Reece patrol.
The Nigerian government provides buses to transport the over 200 kidnapped Chibok girls from the Sambisa after a deal was reached with Boko Haram for the release of the girls.
Freedom at last. After years in captivity nearly 200 abducted Chibok school girls are seen here boarding a NAF Mi-17 military helicopter for a ride to Abuja.
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Drone capture of a well fortified Boko Haram camp.
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Soldiers secure an objective on top of a hill during operations to dislodge Boko Haram from its last major stronghold in the Sambisa – Camp Zero.
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Soldiers secure an objective on top of a hill during operations to dislodge Boko Haram from its last major stronghold in the Sambisa – Camp Zero.
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A BM-21 Grad spits out 122 mm rain of steel during combat operations in the Sambisa.
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With its leader Abubakar Shekau reportedly injured, Boko Haram struggles for relevance.
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Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osibanjo meets with the nation’s Security Chiefs to discuss the security situation in the country.
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A C-130 Hercules in flight.

 

 

 

 

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