Fighting in the dark has always been a difficult task in warfare, but with the invention of night vision, soldiers, sailors, and airmen can conduct their operations almost as well as they can during the day.
Whether its on the decks of an aircraft carrier or destroyer, in the deserts of the Middle East and Afghanistan, or the skies of the world, warfighting doesn’t stop at night.
Photos captured while the US military performs nighttime training provide viewers with a unique look into the world of war. Military equipment, as well as the troops themselves, takes on a unique coloring when seen outside of the light of day.
Here are 26 striking photos of the US military operating at night:
The US Navy guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey fires a Tomahawk land attack missile.
A C-130 Hercules from the 36th Airlift Squadron conducts a night flight mission over Yokota Air Base, Japan.
Aircraft land aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise during nighttime flight operations in the Arabian Sea.