November 16th, 2012
The President of the Republic, Bujar Nishani travelled to Vlora to participate in the joint military exercise “Albanian Lion 2012” on open Adriatic Sea .
After the British helicopter arrivals on the deck of the British Navy “HMS Illustrious”, President Nishani accompanied by the Minister of Defense Arben Imami; Chief of Joint Staff General Xhemal Gjunkshi; British Ambassador , Nicholas Cannon; President’s Military Advisor General Jeronim Bazo; President’s Diplomatic Advisor Besnik Konçi, the Commander of the Albanian Navy General Qemal Shkurti; The British Military Attaché Colonel Bob Barnes, were recived by the Commander of the Task Group of the Commodore Training McAlpine, the Commander of the third Brigade of the Royal Navy General Brigade Smith and the commander in charge of “HMS Illustrious”, Captain Connell.
During the inspection the Commander of the Task Group Commodore McAlpine introduced the exercise program of the British Navy including the Evacuation and the joint Forces actions on the sea, etc.
President Nishani addressing to the present commandos of the training “Albanian Lion 12”, said that “the great beneficial of the joint training leads to relations consolidations between the two Armed forces the two countries. The joint action brings higher professional standards, required on the military, especially now that we are part of the NATO Alliance”, – highlighted the Head of State.