Opening ceremony of the Joint Exercise “Albanian Lion”

Photo Gallery

In Albania, it is being held the Joint Albanian-British Exercise “Albanian Lion”. The exercise began on August 30 and will end on October 16, 2014.
This exercise is divided into two phases, the “Albanian Lion ‘14”, from 30 August - 16 September 2014, and the “Dragon Hammer ‘14”, 16 September - 17 October 2014.

At the opening ceremony of the exercise at the Air Force Command, in Rinas, attended the Land Force Commander, Major General Zyber Dushku, the UK Ambassador in Tirana, Mr. Nicholas Cannon, the Deputy Commander of the Royal Marines Commando, Colonel Kevin Oliver, and other senior officers, participants at this exercise.

On this occasion, the Land Force Commander, Major General Zyber Dushku, the UK Ambassador, Mr. Nicholas Cannon, and Deputy Commander of the Royal Marine Commando, Colonel Kevin Oliver held a press conference. Major General Zyber Dushku considered this exercise as very important for the exchange of common experience between the two parties. He assured that the Armed Forces will make available all the necessary infrastructure for the accomplishment of this exercise.

In his speech, The Ambassador of the United Kingdom, Nicholas Cannon said that “the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom and Albania will conduct the fourth exercise “Albanian Lion”. These exercises will enable the Air Force, Navy and Land Force units to practice different scenarios learning from each other’s experiences.” The British Ambassador expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces that made possible the use of their excellent facilities for training of the soldiers and sailors. Ambassador Cannon, speaking about the latest security developments in the world, took the opportunity to thank the Albanian Government for its contribution to the joint operation in support of the Iraqi government. For the British Ambassador, it is an excellent example of NATO solidarity.

“Albanian Lion ‘14” exercise will focus on the conduct of civilian evacuation operations, “Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations (NEOs)” through naval, land and air operations. 600 troops will participate in this exercise and they will perform military demonstrations in Biza, Zall-Herr, Kepi i Palit, Kuçova, Pashaliman and Porto Palermo. The troops will be supported from the sea by four military ships. While the exercise “Dragon Hammer ‘14” will take place in Biza, in order to conduct tactical mountain scenarios. During this phase of the exercise, the base of Kepi i Pali will be used as logistic supply base, as well as for the withdrawal of troops and vehicles participating in the “Albanian Lion 2014” exercise.



Butrinti and Oriku exercise with SNMCMG2 flagship Saturday, 25 August 2018Our Naval Force ships of Butrinti and Orikum conducted a three-day Joint - Exercise at the estuary of Vjosa - Gram and Vlora Bay,...
Prime Minister Rama announced NATO investment in Kuçova Air Base Saturday, 04 August 2018Prime Minister Rama announced via Facebook, the NATO investment in Kuçova Air Base...
Minister Xhaçka visits SHAPE: More troops to send on NATO missions Friday, 01 June 2018Defense Minister Olta Xhaçka paid an official visit to the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE)...
Stoltenberg-Xhaçka meeting during NATO's ministerial, appreciated the Albaniain contribution to peacekeeping missions 14 February 2018Defence Minister Olta Xhaçka held a special meeting with NATO Secretary General...
Albanian patrol boat concludes navy’s first NATO tour 24 November 2017The Albanian Navy’s ALS ORIKU patrol boat on Wednesday (22 November 2017) wrapped up a full year of operations with NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2)...
Albania cleans up war graves after decades of neglect 15 November 2017Albania has launched a nationwide drive to renovate the long-neglected cemeteries of its war dead in the run-up to 29 November...
Military Committee Conference of NATO ChoDs was concluded 17 September 2017NATO Military Committee Conference, which was held for the first time in our country, closes its formal proceedings...
Chiefs of Defence provide direction and guidance on key NATO priorities 17 September 2017General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, opened the Military Committee Conference by thanking Albania...
Opening remarks by Prime Minister Edi Rama's at the start of the NATO Military Committee Conference 16 September 2017It was not until long ago that many of you here were seen as the “very bad guys” in this country. But now times have changed and today you are the “best guys”...
Opening remarks by General Petr Pavel at the start of the NATO Military Committee Conference 16 September 2017The Alliance is grateful for Albania’s contributions to our shared security and your continued involvement in our Mission and Operation...
Interview with General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee 15 September 2017Interview with General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee for Albanian Military Magazine.
The Ushtar Eagle has landed September 2017The UK’s NATO ally Albania hosted over 200 RAF Reserves and Regulars in numerous locations around the country as they trained together developing operational teamwork and friendships on Exercise Ushtar Eagle 17...
Albanian-British Exercise "Soldier Eagle 17" 14 September 2017In the framework of joint training between Armed Forces of Albania and Armed Forces of United Kingdom...
Women at War - 100 years of women on the front line September 2017In a year that sees combat roles within the UK military routinely opened to women, the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force (RAF) are celebrating the centenary of women serving at the forefront of conflict...
NATO Annual Report 2016 13 March 2017Secretary General’s Annual Report sets out priorities to shape 'Future NATO'...
Defence Directive 2017 March 2017The Directive of Defence for the year 2017 bases on the goals of strategic documents for security and defense, and on fundamental documents of NATO and EU...
Join AAF as an active soldier/seaman April 2017AAF requires the recruited personnel to have the highest qualities for serving in the Armed Forces. AAF will recruit professional soldiers with necessary knowledge in accordance with work requirements...