Albanian Naval Defense Forces

Albanian Naval Defense Forces

The Albanian Naval Forces (Albanian: Forcat Detare Shqiptare) are the naval branch of the Albanian military. Their name was changed from the Albanian Naval Defense Forces of the Albanian Army in 2010. With the new structure the naval forces are regrouped in the Albanian Navy Brigade under the Albanian Joint Forces Command. The Albanian Navy Brigade Headquarters is located in Durrës, and operates 2 bases: Kepi i Palit base in Durrës, and Pashaliman in Vlora.

The vessels of the Albanian Navy Brigade are mostly patrol craft and support craft, most of which were donated by Italy and the United States. Former Soviet or Chinese boats have been retired from service. Only 1 Soviet built minesweeper remain still in service, pending the arrival of 4 large Damen Stan Type 4207 patrol boats from the Netherlands.

The Navy performs mainly duties, based on the concept of "one Force, two Missions." The legal framework has been updated in order to facilitate these missions and EU-NATO integration. Turkey and Greece are also assisting Albania in a common effort to modernize the current Naval Academy and rebuild the repair facilities in the Pashaliman district. The Navy is also responsible for aids to navigation, including lighthouses.

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