“Albanian Lion 2014” exercise opening ceremony conducted

The joint Albanian-British exercise “Albanian Lion 2014” commenced several days ago in Albania. The Land Force Commander MG Zyber Dushku, UK Ambassador in Tirana, Mr. Nicholas Cannon, Deputy/Commander of the Royal Marine Commando, Colonel Kevin Oliver, Force and unit commanders attended the opening ceremony of this exercise at the Air Force Command in Rinas.

In order to inform the public, the Land Force Commander, MG 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 appreciated the joint exercise as very important for the exchange of experience between the two parties. He assured that the FA will make available the entire necessary infrastructure in order to conduct this exercise.

Ambassador of the United Kingdom, Nicholas Cannon said in his speech that “these exercises will enable the Air Force, Navy and Land Force units to practice different scenarios learning from each other’s experiences.”
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.

The exercise began on August 30 and will end on 16 October 2014. This exercise is divided into two phases, namely “Albanian Lion 2014”, August 30 - September 16, and “Dragon Hammer 2014”, 16 September - 17 October 2014. “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.






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