Military of Albania

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The Albanian Armed Forces (AAF) (Albanian: Forcat e Armatosura të Republikës së Shqipërisë (FARSH)) is the armed forces of Albania, first formed after independence in 1912. Today it is made up of the General Staff Headquarters, the Albanian Joint Forces Command, the Albanian Support Command and the Albanian Training and Doctrine Command.

The Albanian Joint Forces Command Headquarter is situated in Durrës. This Command includes all the Operational Forces of the Albanian Navy Brigade, the Albanian Air Brigade, an Infantry Rapid Reaction Brigade plus a Commando Regiment, and the Area Support Brigade.

The Albanian Army is mostly supported by the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, the United Kingdom, Greece, Turkey, Switzerland, Denmark and Belgium.

Since the last years and after several major re-equipment programs, the Albanian Armed Forces launched a 10-year reform program sponsored and supervised by the U.S. Department of Defense to become technologically advanced and fully professional by 2010. The new military is expected to consist of about 14,500 troops, trained to NATO standards.[4]


Missions and duties

According to the Albanian Constitution, the Albanian Armed Forces are charged to:

  • Protect the territorial integrity of the country.
  • Always be present in areas incurring menace.
  • Assist the population in case of natural and industrial disasters and warn the dangers of military and non military nature.
  • Protect the constitutional order as it is determined by law.
  • Participate in international operations in composition of multinational forces.

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