Thursday, October 9, 2014

Greek fighter F-16 sonic boom shock Albanian citizens

Two strong blasts have shocked Durres Region. Citizens have perceived the as explosions, and the authorities have immediately started searching the land and sea.
Several citizens from Durresi have reported seeing three airplanes that were flying very fast. The sonic boom happens when an object flies faster than the sound barrier, and it is similar to an explosion.

These citizen reports have engaged police forces for verifications. Durresi district police declared that it was a result of an emergency situation created in our air space.

The Minister of Defense gave an official version about this.

“A commercial Boeing that was traveling from an European capital towards the African continent lost its contacts with the central towers. Based on the international agreements with Albania, the NATO neighbors used their Greek Fighter F16-s to escort the airplane in question for 10 minutes. These airplanes have created a sonic boom that was perceived by citizens as an explosion. 

We guarantee that this is a procedure that was followed with high responsibility from the Albanian and NATO authorities”, the Ministry says. 


Italian Eurofighter Typhoons and Greek aircraft F-16 to Protect Albanian Air Space

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Italian Eurofighter Typhoons and Greek aircraft F-16 to Protect Albanian Air Space

As the Eurofighter press office blog reports, the Eurofighter Typhoon is yet again proving its worth in action as the aircraft has recently been chosen by NATO to protect an area of international air space. In a recent news story it has been announced that the Italian Air Force has been assigned to protect the air space of Albania, the Atlantic Alliance's newest member.

The 'air policing' mission which begins on Friday will also see support coordination from Greece's air force F-16 of air military base of Larissa. A statement from the Italian air force explained that "air policing consists of employing interceptor jets, in peace time, to patrol and protect the integrity of a specific air space".
Italy has been engaged in air policing Slovenia's air space for NATO since 2007.The mission over Albania will see Italy employ its Eurofighter Typhoon jets from the 36th Wing operating from the Gioia del Colle air base. While from Greek air base of Larissa F-16 will cooperate over Albanian air space under NATO command.

Last month Tirana had authorized Turkey air forces to control Albanian Air space, with out NATO comande autorisation. According to the Albanian newspaper "Gazeta Shqiptare" this is the first incident between Tirana and NATO after Albania joint to NATO alliance in April, 2009.

Anyway according to military information from NATO quarter, Italy and Greece will be authorized also from NATO to control the Albanian national waters in total 300 miles coast. A possible raising of clandestine imigration from Albanian coast borders, is previsted to confront new NATO operations including Greek and Italian frigates and other naval cooperation inside Albanian waters.

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