Das erste der neuen Generation der Küsten Wachschiffe wird in Durres begrüsst. Albanien wird 4 solcher neuen Coast Guard vessel erhalten. Roja Bregetare ist die Bezeichnung der Boote = Küsten Schutz
- Premier Berisha: We are determined to separate ourselves from the old technologies and make every effort to introduce modern means into the Naval Forces, ground troops but even the Air Force.
Iliria (IMO: 9524164)
Coast Guard Ship Iliria IMO 9524164 by rainerw Iliria von rainerw
Coast Guard Ship
Prime Minister Sali Berisha participated today in the ceremony for arrival of Iliria Coast Guard vessel in Durres port. In his greeting speech delivered on this occasion, PM Berisha considered the arrival of this ship as the beginning of a great effort at modernization of the Naval Forces and the Albanian military forces in general.
The prime minister ensured the Naval Forces and the Albanian Armed Forces in general that the government is determined to make all efforts at their modernization. While assessing their rather important role and mission, the prime minister emphasized that, The old technologies will be things of the past because they are useless, but also punish the ones who use them. We are determined to separate ourselves from them and make every effort to introduce modern means into the Naval Forces, ground troops but even the Air Force
At the ceremony held at the quay 5 of Durres sea port, Premier Berisha handed over the flag of the ship to the commander of the Iliria, Lieutenant Blerim Hoxha, who hoisted it while our national anthem was played. Further on, Premier Berisha, accompanied by the Executive Manager of the Damen Shipyard company, Defense Minister Gazmend Oketa, Interior Minister Bujar Nishani, Minister for Foreign Affairs Lulzim Basha, diplomats attending the ceremony and others, visited the Iliria vessel and sailed a short distance in the sea.
The Iliria is the first ship in the framework of the Modernization Program of the Naval Force. It will be followed by three other ships of the same type that will be named Orik, Lisus and Butrinti.
Among other things, Premier Berisha said:
We are gathered together here to celebrate a very important and marked event for the Naval Forces, military forces, but even for the country as a whole. Today, we inaugurate the Iliria Coast Guard set sail. Also it marks the beginning of a great and ceaseless effort at modernization of our naval forces and the Albanian Army in general.
Albania has a long coastline and the modern Coast Guard is indispensable for the security of our waters, fight against trafficking, search and rescue operations and cooperation with the Coast Guard forces of the friendly countries.
The Iliria Coast Guard vessel was build at the shipyard of one of the most major companies of the world, the Damen Shipyard, in the Netherlands. It is a product of a great cooperation between the two countries and the two governments. On this occasion, I would like to express the deepest gratitude to the Dutch government, the embassy of the Netherlands in Tirana, the representatives and executives of the Damen Shipyard company for this successful cooperation.
Almost a century ago a Dutch colonel founded the Albanian Army working with great love and devotion to Albania and the Albanians as the then Great Powers had caused the greatest historical injustice in Europe against them. The memory and contribution Colonel Thomson made is well-known and held in high esteem not just among the Armed Forces, but also the whole Albanian nation. This new cooperation follows a tradition and is its reflection.
The Executive Director of the Damen Shipyard expressed his regret he couldnt address the audience in Albanian, but this is of no importance at all as the vessel he brought is fluent in Albanian. Therefore, I would like to thank you, Mr. Executive Director, as well as the Coast Guard of your country for this wonderful product you brought today in our coasts. On this occasion, I would like to ensure once again our naval forces and the Armed Forces of Albania that the government is determined to make all efforts for their modernization. To this end, the Albanian government raised its defense budget to 2% of the GDP and I think this should be a long-term policy of the government of Albania.
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