Monday, 16 April 2018

The fleet of the Albanian navy according to a CIA report dated 5 May 1952

An item reported that the Albanian navy possessed 8 motorboats of the same size as the Italian MAS boats although with a particularly high bow and a prominent bridge of the captain. The machinery consisted of diesel engines and the armament of 1-2cm gun. Fitted out with radio equipment. In January 1951 (?)were all boats stationed at Durres except the one for Saseno.

Furthermore there were 3 larger wood-hulled motorboats arriving in August 1950 coming from Poland. The armament consisted of 2x104m guns (1 fore, 1aft) in such a manner mounted that an easy removal was possible. All there boats laid up in reserve,

Last but not least were an unarmed motor boat heavier than the MAS a look alike motor boats used as deputyship for the ‘MAS’-squadron and a 1-masted caique serving as a transport.

The report was published on, document number CIA-RDP82-00457R011800150005-4