Albanian Armed Forces

Coat of arms of the Albanian Armed Forces
Albanian soldiers in April 1939, during the Italian invasion of Albania
An Albanian T-59 tank during the Albania-Yugoslav border incident in May 1999
Albanian soldiers conduct a joint patrol with U.S. soldiers in Iraq on 13 January 2005
Convoy transfer of the Albanian Army
Albanian flag patch worn on Army uniforms
Albanian Army badges
Albanian special forces soldier in Afghanistan, 2013
Structure of the Albanian Armed Forces (click to enlarge)

The Albanian Armed Forces (Forcat e Armatosura të Republikës së Shqipërisë (FARSH)) are the military of Albania and were formed after the declaration of independence in 1912.

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Albanian Air Force

National air force of Albania.

Emblem of the Albanian Air Force
An Albanian air force PT-6
Albanian Agusta AB-205A-1
Albanian Air Force AS532
A retired F6 at Kuçovë Air Base
Fin flash (1946–1960)

It is one of the branches of the Albanian Armed Forces.


Person who exercises supreme command and control over armed forces or a military branch.

Argentine president Carlos Menem presiding over an Argentine Air Force ceremony for the Falklands War in May 1997.
Governor General of Australia The Lord Gowrie (right) signing the declaration of war against Japan with Prime Minister John Curtin (left) looking on. (8 December 1941)
President Alexander Lukashenko wearing the official uniform of the commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Belarus.
Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Alija Izetbegović (right) meeting with US president Bill Clinton (left) in 1997 in Tuzla.
King George VI inspects a Royal Canadian Navy guard of honour during the 1939 royal tour of Canada.
King Christian IV on board his flagship during the 1644 Battle of Colberger Heide, by Wilhelm Marstrand. The king's personal commitment during the battle, are memorialized in first lines of the Danish royal anthem.
C. G. E. Mannerheim, the Marshal of Finland, as the commander-in-chief in 1941 during the Continuation War
Guyanese Commander in Chief rank insignia
The ceremony of passing the Cheget (i.e. the nuclear briefcase) from Dmitry Medvedev's military aide to Vladimir Putin's military aide during the 2012 presidential inauguration.
Current President of South Korea, President Yoon Suk-yeol
King Felipe VI in uniform of Captain General of the Navy at the Naval NCO Academy in 2014.
Mareşal Mustafa Kemal Pasha (center), the president of Turkey with other generals of the Turkish Armed Forces in 1925.
U.S. President Barack Obama in his capacity as commander-in-chief, salutes the caskets of 18 individual soldiers killed in Afghanistan in 2009.
Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela, dressed in military garb in August 2006.
New recruits standing in front of the Reichstag building, before taking the Bundeswehr oath. In the light of Prussian militarism and due to its infamous history of the 20th century; Germany of today puts a strong emphasis on having armed forces compatible with a parliamentary system.
Werner von Blomberg (left) saluting Adolf Hitler (right) with a baton at the 1937 Nuremberg Rally.
5-stars Flag-Insignia of Commander-in-Chief of Tatmadaw
4-stars Flag-Insignia of Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Tatmadaw
The Royal insignia (distinctief) worn by King Willem-Alexander, instead of a regular military rank, whenever he wears a Dutch military uniform.
Flag of the supreme commander
The Swedish monarch (King Carl XVI Gustaf) is no longer the commander-in-chief of the Swedish Armed Forces, although he continues to receive treatment befitting a head of state.
The epaulet for the wartime-only office and rank of General.

According to the Constitution of Albania, the president of the Republic of Albania is the commander-in-chief of Albanian Armed Forces.

Ministry of Defence (Albania)

The Ministry of Defence is a department of the Albanian Government, in charge of the formation and implementation of national security and ordering, coordinating and carrying out the general guidelines of the Cabinet about the defence policy, and is the headquarters of the Military of Albania.

Albanian Naval Force

Pashaliman base from across the Bay of Vlorë
Naval Ensign (1946–1954)
Naval Ensign (1954–1958)
Naval Ensign (1958–1992)
State Ensign (1958–1992)
Coast Guard Ensign (1958–1992)

The Albanian Naval Force (Forca Detare të Republikës së Shqipërisë) is the naval branch of the Albanian military.

General Staff of the Armed Forces (Albania)

Official Emblem

The General Staff of the Armed Forces (GS; Shtabi i Përgjithshëm i Forcave të Armatosura), is the highest military structure of the Albanian Armed Forces.

President of Albania

Sali Berisha, founding member of the Democratic Party of Albania.
The Presidential Office in Tirana.
During the Middle Ages, Albanians used several titles for the spouses of Albanian monarchs. Donika Kastrioti was known as the spouse of Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg.
Flag of the President of Albania (1992–2002)

The president of Albania (Presidenti i Shqipërisë), officially styled the President of the Republic of Albania (Presidenti i Republikës së Shqipërisë), is the head of state, commander-in-chief of the military and the representative of the unity of the Albanian people.

Albanian Land Force

A British Royal Marine posing with an Albanian Commando (right), both showing their shoulder patches
Albanian soldiers with VHS rifles
Albanian, U.S. and Romanian soldiers in a joint drill
Albanian soldiers react to rioters, roleplayed by US forces, during KFOR
Albanian army convoy on patrol
Albanian and US soldiers dismounting a M2 Bradley during Combined Resolve II
Albanian Land Force in Combined Resolve III

The Albanian Land Force (Forca Tokësore të Republikës së Shqipërisë) is a branch of the Albanian Armed Forces.

Eurocopter AS532 Cougar

Twin-engine, medium-weight, multipurpose helicopter developed by France.

Eurocopter AS532 of the French Army
An Ecuadorian Army Cougar
A Chilean Navy AS 532
Bulgarian Eurocopter Cougar
A French Army AS532 Cougar
Eurocopter Cougar of the Slovenian Air Force.
Orthographically projected diagram of the AS332 Super Puma

On 25 July, 2012, a Cougar helicopter during test flight has crashed in Southeastern France in a region called Verdon Gorge. The aircraft was bordered with test pilots and engineers of the manufacturer. The tragic incident killed 6 company personnel. The aircraft crashed was destined to the Albanian Armed Forces.

M4 carbine

5.56×45mm NATO, gas-operated, magazine-fed, carbine developed in the United States during the 1980s.

Colt M4 carbine with RAS, M68 CCO
M4 with M68 Close Combat Optic and AN/PAQ-4
M4 with the newer, redesigned telescoping stock
An M4A1 just after firing, with an ejected case in mid-air; the M203 and M68 CCO are attached.
SOPMOD (Special Operations Peculiar Modification) Block I
M4A1s in SOPMOD Block II used by 2 75th Ranger Regiment operators clearing a room during a night raid in Helmand Province, Afghanistan,, 2012
M4 MWS (Modular Weapon System) shown with various accessories including M203 grenade launcher, RIS foregrip, removable carry handle/rear sight assembly, AN/PAQ-4 laser system, M68 CCO reflex sight, and the AN/PVS-4 night vision optics
M4A1 with a carry handle
M4A1 with TA01NSN ACOG 4×32 optical sight
An M4A1 with a Close Quarter Battle Receiver. The barrel length is 10.3 inches.
A U.S. Navy SEAL with an M4 during counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan, January 2002
A U.S. Navy sailor fires an M4 carbine from the warship USS Vella Gulf (CG-72).

🇦🇱 Albania: Used by Albanian Land Force 2015.


Country in Southeastern Europe.

The remains of Kamenica Tumulus in the county of Korçë.
Founded in the 4th century BC, Scodra was a significant city of the Illyrian tribes of the Ardiaei and Labeates.
Apollonia was an important Ancient Greek colony on the Illyrian coast along the Adriatic Sea and one of the western points of the Via Egnatia route, that connected Rome and Constantinople.
The town of Krujë was the capital of the Principality of Arbanon in the Middle Ages.
Ismail Qemali is regarded as the founding father of the modern Albanian nation.
Zog I was the first and only king of Albania; his reign lasted 11 years (1928–1939).
Enver Hoxha served as Prime Minister and First Secretary of the Party of Labour of Albania.
A bunker overlooking the Albanian Alps. By 1983, approximately 173,371 concrete bunkers were scattered across the country.
In 1988, the first foreigners were allowed to walk into the car-free Skanderbeg Square in Tirana.
The earthquake of November 2019 was the strongest to hit Albania in more than four decades.
The Albanian Alps are an extension and simultaneously the highest section of the Dinaric Alps.
Gjipe is located on the confluence of the Adriatic and Ionian Sea.
Panorma Bay on the Albanian Riviera in the south has a mediterranean climate.
The Albanian Alps in the north have a subarctic climate.
The golden eagle is the national symbol and animal of Albania.
The common bottlenose dolphin is a frequent visitor to the waters of the Albanian Adriatic and Ionian Sea Coasts.
The Lagoon of Karavasta within the Divjakë-Karavasta National Park is renowned for hosting the rare Dalmatian pelican.
Assisted by the governments of Kosovo and Albania, an official application for the inclusion of the Arbëreshë people in the list of UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage is being prepared.
Albanian soldiers in the Province of Kandahar, Afghanistan.
GPD per capita development of Albanien since 1913
Tirana is the economic hub of the country. It is home to major domestic and foreign companies operating in the country.
Grapes in Berat. Due to the mediterranean climate, wine, olives and citrus fruits are mostly produced in Southern Albania.
The Antea factory in Fushë-Krujë
The Islets of Ksamil in the south of the Albanian Ionian Sea Coast.
Rruga e Kombit connects the Adriatic Sea across the Western Lowlands with the Albanian Alps.
Tirana International Airport is named in honour of the Albanian nun and missionary Mother Teresa.
The University of Arts is the largest higher education institute dedicated to the study of arts.
The Albanian cuisine from the Mediterranean, which is characterised by the use of fruits, vegetables and olive oil, contributes to the good nutrition of the country's population.
Electricity production in Albania from 1980 to 2019.
Lake Koman was formed as a result of the construction of the Koman Hydroelectric Power Station in 1985.
Development of the population of Albania over the last sixty years.
The dialects of the Albanian language in Albania.
Representatives of the Sunni, Orthodox, Bektashi and Catholic Albanian communities and in Paris.
The double-headed eagle on the walls of the St. Anthony Church.
Butrint has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites since 1992.
The Codices of Berat are eminently important for the global community and the development of ancient biblical, liturgical and hagiographical literature. In 2005, it was inscribed on the UNESCO's Memory of the World Register.
Bukë misri (cornbread) is a staple on the Albanian table.
Speca të ferguara (roasted peppers) served with pite, a traditional and prominent layered Albanian pie.
The former grounds of the headquarters of Radio Tirana in the capital of Tirana. Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH) was initially inaugurated as Radio Tirana in 1938 prior to the World War II.
Albanian iso-polyphony is designated as an UNESCO Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
The Albanian Dancer (1835) by French artist Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps; the dancers are depicted wearing the fustanella, the national costume of Albania
An excerpt from the Meshari (The Missal) written by Gjon Buzuku. (1555)
Parashqevi Qiriazi - teacher and feminist (1880–1970)
Arena Kombëtare in central Tirana

The president is the commander-in-chief of the military and the representative of the unity of the Albanian people.