Albanian Naval Force
|Albanian Naval Forces
|Active||1925 – today|
|Allegiance||Republic of Albania|
|Part of||Albanian Armed Forces|
|Anniversaries||December 25 – Navy's Foundation Day|
|Equipment||2,005 Personnel 31 vessels|
|Naval Ensign (1958–1992)|
|Naval Ensign (1954–1958)|
The Albanian Naval Force (Albanian: Forca Detare) is the naval branch of the Albanian military. Their name was changed from the Albanian Naval Defense Forces in 2010. The Albanian Navy 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 Force are mostly patrol craft and support craft, most of which were donated by Italy and the United States. Most former Soviet or Chinese boats have been retired from service. Only 1 Soviet built minesweeper remains 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.
Until 1996 Albania had more than 145 vessels in service. 45 of them were small, fast Chinese Type 25 Huchuan Class PHT torpedo boats, carrying two/four 533 mm Torpedoes, and some Shanghai-class coastal ASW patrol craft. The glory of the fleet were 4 Soviet built Whiskey class submarines, a direct result of an Albanian-Soviet dispute over their ownership, after Albania withdrew from the Warsaw Pact (1961) and the Soviets abandoned the Pashaliman base. The submarines were put into full service thanks to Chinese assistance, but by the end of 80's their efficiency was in doubt due to Albanian isolation and the end of Chinese help. Officially, the submarines were retired in 1998.
|Coastal patrol vessels|
|Damen Stan 4207
||P 131||Iliria||2008||Built in Netherlands|
|P 132||Oriku||2011||Built in Albania (Pashaliman Naval Base)|
|P 133||Lisus||2012||Built in Albania (Pashaliman Naval Base)|
|P 134||Butrinti||2014||Built in Albania (Pashaliman Naval Base)|
||M-111||1960||Soviet built at Izhora Leningrad (Pontonny Shipyard) and to be retired|
||P 207||1960||Soviet built at Zelenodolsk and 1 of 6 built for Albania (2 returned to Soviet Union)|
|Seaspectre Mk III
|1999||1 of 3 from the United States; built either by Marinette Marine or Peterson Builders 1968–1975|
|R 118||1999||1 of 3 from the United States; built either by Marinette Marine or Peterson Builders 1968–1975|
|Patrol Craft, Coastal
||R 117||45' PCC Class From US Coast Guard|
|R 217||45' PCC Class From US Coast Guard|
|2002||Donated by Italy
Type 227 ex-Italian Coast Guard
Built by Cantieri Rodriguez with Iveco Aifo 828SRM,4 between 1966–1969 and 1 in 1980
ex CP 224, delivered 2008
ex CP 229, delivered 18.6.2002
ex CP 124, delivered 18.6.2002
ex CP 225
ex CP 226, delivered 18.6.2002
||5 boats||Donated by the US government,3 in August 2010 and 2 more in 14 March 2013,for drug interdiction. Built by SAFE Boats International|
|2002||Donated by Italy
Type 2000 ex-Italian Coast Guard
ex CP 2008, delivered in 2004
ex CP 2020, delivered in 2004
ex CP 2021, delivered in 2004
ex CP 2034, delivered in 2004
ex CP 2010, delivered 18.6.2002
ex CP 2007, delivered in 2004
ex CP 2023, delivered in 2004
|Service repair vessel||Landing Craft, Tank, Mk 3
Converted to support vessel
|1||Donated by Italy
ex MOC 1203 Italian Navy
|Diving support vessel||Project 522 Nyryat I
||1||Nyryat class from the Soviet Union|
|Torpedo recovery vessel||Project 368 Poluchat
||1||From the Soviet Union|
|Anti-pollution boat||3||2 donated by Italy
Type Siman C.1297
Delivered 26.8.2009 and 9.9.2009 
|Minesweeper||Project 501 (PO-2)
|survey boat||1||Donated by Italy
Delivered in 2003 
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