MV-22 Osprey aboard USS Makin Island

Today also sees the start of another new feature, which should really appeal to photography fans. We've raided the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System for the very best military photos of the past week, taken by the photojournalists of America's armed forces. Keep an eye open every Friday afternoon for more of the best.

In our inaugural collection of the week's best photos, it's a big celebration of rotary aircraft, with the MV-22 Osprey, CH-47 Chinook and SH-53E Super Stallion getting some love, alongside a few other pieces of assorted military hardware.

As usual, we've included a few of the best photos below, along with captions on what's going on. Beyond that, you can click on the gallery above to get a closer look at all the week's best images.

Take a look and then let us know what you think.

MV-22 taking off from USS Makin Island

In the two shots above, we see Marine Corp MV-22 Osprey aboard the USS Makin Island, a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship currently serving in the Persian Gulf, eastern Indian Ocean and western Pacific Ocean.

A-10 Warthog Flares

Always a troop favorite, the legendary A-10 Warthog is a master of close-air support. In this photo, we see a USAF A-10 Warthog pull away and deploy flares following an airborne refueling in the skies of eastern Afghanistan.

USS Bataan LHD 5 LHD Navy Hawley

Sailors from the USS Bataan, another Wasp-class amphibious assault vessel currently serving in the Persian Gulf, lower a personnel landing boat in response to a distress call from another vessel.

bird bath Guam jet wash KC135 plane refueled

How do you wash an airplane? Well, it turns out that the process isn't a lot different than washing a car, albeit on a much larger scale. Here, we see an Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker undergo a cleaning, commonly called a bird bath in the military.