In pictures: Myanmar Armed Forces Day 2017

Posted on: March 27, 2017 | Current Affairs

Every year on 27 March, the Myanmar military – known as the Tatmadaw – shows off its might during Armed Forces Day celebrations. Originally known as Resistance Day, the holiday commemorates the beginning of the army’s resistance to Japanese occupation in 1945. The 72nd year of this celebration was no disappointment, with all branches of the military coming together for an ostentatious show of military strength. Here are some of our favourite photos from the event

Photography by: EPA/Hein Htet/Nyein Chan Naing

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing (R), Commander in Chief of the Myanmar Army, salutes during the 72nd Armed Forces Day
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing (R), Commander in Chief of the Myanmar Army, salutes during the 72nd Armed Forces Day in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, 27 March 2017.

 

Myanmar soldiers march in formation.
Myanmar soldiers march in formation.

 

Myanmar military tanks take part in a parade.
Myanmar military tanks take part in a parade.

 

Myanmar military soldiers ride horses as they take part in a parade.
Myanmar military soldiers ride horses as they take part in a parade.

 

Female Myanmar military soldiers carry flags and march in formation.
Female Myanmar military soldiers carry flags and march in formation.

 

Myanmar Navy commandos descend from helicopters.
Myanmar Navy commandos descend from helicopters.

 

Myanmar soldiers show off a handful of the country's missile launchers.
Myanmar soldiers show off a handful of the country’s missile launchers.

 

Myanmar military fighter jets fly overhead as they perform during the Armed Forces Day.
Myanmar military fighter jets fly overhead as they perform during the Armed Forces Day.