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  1. The history of the Albanian Navy dates back to 1925, following the creation of the Albanian Republic. Albanian naval forces operate out of two main bases; Bishti-i-Palles in Durrës, and Pasha Liman in Vlorë, with four reserve bases respectively in Shëngjin, Porto Palermo, Saranda and a submarine base on Sazan island. The vessels of the Albanian naval force are mostly patrol craft and support craft as well as four whisky class submarines (Soviet Union built in the early Cold War period) which have been taken out of service at Pasha Liman. In Shëngjin a Soviet built minesweeper M-111 and an AFD-115 gunship remain abandoned at the entrance to a bunker. The Albanian navy still operates out of Shëngjin in a low capacity so it's still an active military zone but you are allowed to drive through it to reach a beach resort on the other side. Handy for us! Visited with adders, extreme_ironing, otter and reenie. Here's what we found.... AFD Mujo Ulqinaku M-111 - A mine warfare ship designed for the location of and destruction of naval mines which combines the role of a minesweeper and minehunter in one hull. Minesweepers are equipped with mechanical or electrical devices, known as "sweeps", for disabling mines, so waterways are maintained clear for safe shipping. This one appears to have been disused since 1996 (the date of a calendar on board), just prior to the Albanian civil war, when many vessels of the Albanian navy were seriously damaged. Behind it sits this half-submerged AFD P115 - Albanian Navy gunship (Chinese type 62 "Shanghai-II") which has had its 57mm gun mount removed They sit in front of the entrance to a navigable bunker which was inaccessible. Another entrance parallel was also sealed although we reached the blast door for that one The AFD Mujo Ulqinaku M111 was named after Mujo Ulqinaku, an Albanian sergeant of the Royal Albanian Navy, known for his resistance to the Italian forces during the Italian Invasion of Albania in 1939. Armed with only a machine gun, he was placed at the centre of the defense line and fought uninterruptedly until he was eventually killed by an artillery shell from an Italian warship in the last hour of the battle. He was given the People's Hero of Albania award posthumously. On board the AFD - M111 An old gun at the front You can see an active patrol boat moored up on the left of the shot Inside the AFD - M111 Communications cabin A small engine room Hatches and squat toilets Kitchen All the cabins were locked except for this one Some old military posters Back on land, this AFD S104 - Huchuan class 'motor torpedo boat' is waiting to be scrapped. Powered by Soviet-era engines, these hydrofoil-equipped boats are capable of 50 knots (93 km/h; 58 mph) and carry two torpedo tubes for torpedoes, with some known to be armed with naval mines. A few dilapidated buildings remain nearby This building to the left was manned but we were just out of view so we took a quick peek at these old military vehicles Some rusty torpedoes lay on the ground alongside one of them A couple of old trucks overgrown by vegetation above the bunker. We were aware of someone from the base heading in our direction at this point so we hopped in the car and made tracks We made it to the beach resort on the other side of the military zone where unfortunately the pigs were waiting for us. Thankfully they just grunted a bit and we were on our way ? Just in time to catch the sunset! Thanks for looking
  2. This is my first post on here, and these were taken with a cell camera, but I found this site interesting. This is a former control site for a Nike Missile Base that was part of a defense ring around a major city during the Cold War. The location where the missiles were stored/lauched in a few miles away and in use. Eventually this was used as a State National Guard Unit until abandoned around 1996. The night photos are of 2nd base in this region which is partially used
  3. The Air Base was the largest underground facility in Europe. In the 3.5 Km long tunnels where 80 MIG 21 and up to 1000 soldiers. In the near barracks where 5000 soldiers more. This facility was really huge with all what you need (kitchen, power generators, hospital, fuel tanks, etc.) The where able to work and fly with 60 MIGs for 2 month without getting supplies. There is also an old DC-47 standing around.
  4. Exploring Ex Soviets Wittstock Air base was a blast. First I must say sorry about the filming as the sd card got currupt some how. It's not my best work
  5. Hi guys :), we have made video from abandoned soviet rocket base. Shot on night. Anandoned base is located near Bratislava(Slovakia) near from Austria, ex-USSR west border. Closed in 1989. Watch scary video here: Thanks for support our next video from abandoned hospital, so feel free to subsrcibe
  6. https://fotogiornalismoeurbex.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/papa-delta-charlie/ Ci troviamo nell’entroterra ligure, sulla sommità del colle dov’era in passato situata una base militare. In realtà si trattava solamente di un centro comunicazioni che ospitava antenne radio; la struttura era presidiata dalla “59th Company U.S Army Signal” ed era in stretta comunicazione con altre stazioni tedesche. Questa rete contava circa 40 basi in tutta l’Europa, ma, tra la fine degli anni ’80 e l’inizio degli anni ’90, con l’avvento delle nuove tecnologie satellitari, la base dove ci troviamo cessò di essere utilizzata, così come molte altre stazioni che vennero dismesse. Vi lavoravano anche dei civili, come tecnici che si occupavano della manutenzione dei gruppi elettrogeni, visto che erano presenti ben tre generatori. All’epoca della Guerra del Golfo la base ebbe un ruolo molto importante, in quanto utilizzava anche la tecnologia a microonde per le comunicazioni. Translation We are in the Ligurian hinterland , on top of the hill where it was previously located a military base . In reality it was only a communications center that housed radio antennas ; the property was held by " US Army 59th Signal Company " and was in close communication with other German stations . This network had about 40 bases across Europe , but , in the late ' 80s and early' 90s , with the advent of new satellite technologies , the base where we ceased to be used , so like many other stations that were abandoned . They worked there also civilians , as technicians who took care of the maintenance of the generators , since there were three generators . At the time of the Gulf War, the base had a very important role , as also used microwave technology for communications. Al posto di guardia situato all’ingresso, era presente un militare americano e due carabinieri dei reparti speciali. La pista di atterraggio per gli elicotteri è tuttora esistente e potrebbe ancora essere utilizzata in caso di necessità , mente le grandi piazzole in cemento ancora visibili reggevano le grandi parabole. L’intera struttura si trova in condizioni pessime, addirittura poco tempo fa, ha sperimentato direttamente gli effetti devastanti delle manifestazioni non autorizzate. Alcuni anni or sono, infatti, è stata teatro di un Rave Party con un bilancio impietoso di devastazione. Lo spettacolo è a dir poco allucinante: bottiglie vuote, cumuli di sporcizia e vetri rotti ovunque. Carabinieri, polizia e vigili urbani hanno assistito impotenti allo scempio, cercando di prevenire le degenerazioni senza però poter intervenire per sgomberare gli occupanti per evitare disordini che sarebbero stati sicuramente più gravi rispetto ai disagi registrati. Ora non resta che il ricordo di un’epoca e la documentazione fotografica. Translation At the guard post at the entrance, there was an American and two police special units. The airstrip for helicopters still exists and could still be used if needed, mind the great pitches in cement still be seen holding up the great parables. The entire property is in poor condition, even recently, has directly experienced the devastating effects of unauthorized demonstrations. Some years ago, in fact, it was the scene of a Rave Party with a budget of merciless devastation. The show is nothing short of incredible: empty bottles, piles of dirt and broken glass everywhere. Carabinieri, police and city police have watched helplessly the destruction, trying to prevent the degeneration without being able to take action to evict the occupants to avoid unrest that would be certainly more serious than inconvenience recorded. Now I have the memory of an era and the photographic documentation.
  7. We stumbled across this one completely by mistake when searching for another beach, made for a good afternoon. A bit of history gleaned from the internet: Originally known as the “US Navy Experimental Facility, Eleutheraâ€Â, the base originated in November 1950 when Western Electric was selected to construct a demonstration SOSUS (Sound Surveillance System) installation on the island. This was part of the larger Project Hartwell initiated by the Americans and MIT. Initially, the base consisted of a wooden Generator Building, a wooden Western Electric Laboratory building and a Communications Center which was little more than a tent. Six hydrophones were also installed at sea as part of the project. A few years later the US navy sent over a construction battalion, The Seabees, to established a more permanent base and five green huts consisting of administration, a galley and barracks were built. In 1957 the Eleuthera Auxiliary Air Force Base (AAFB) begun operations as part of the Atlantic Ballistic Missile Test Range, The Eleuthera AAFB was part of the Air Force Missile Test Center’s Atlantic Missile Range, which was used for long-range monitoring of rocket and guided missile launches, controlled targets, drones, satellites, and lunar probes for the Air Force, Army, and Navy. The Eleuthera AAFB was the fourth tracking station in along the length of the test range and formed part of there MISTRAM system. The base was supported by twenty contractor employees of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) (the primary contractor for operation and maintenance of the site’s instrumentation, including the MISTRAM system) and Pan American Airways (PAA) (the primary contractor for management, engineering, operations, and maintenance) during the 1960’s and 1970’s, and Western Electric in the 1950’s. Pan Am employed the support staff, whilst RCA employed the electronic technicians, engineers, and related equipment operators. At its peak, 45 Bahamian employees also worked at the base. The MISTRAM facility was part of Eleuthera AAFB. The Air Force Base Commander was evidently the only military officer assigned to the AAFB. The top PanAm employee had the title of Base Operations Manager, and the top RCA employee was the Instrumentation Manager. The MISTRAM system was superseded in the 1970’s and the AAFB was taken over by the NAVFAC. Phots: Maintenance Areas & Power House The old base control centre There are loads more photos here: http://thetimechamber.co.uk/beta/blog/the-accidental-explore-navfac-aafb-eleuthera
  8. Family holiday, got a day to myself with the camera This place was huge and I know I only covered 40% ish, the site covers a few miles and in 35 degree heat I felt I had done enough in 3 hours, but maybe a return next year to cover the other bits. I honestly stripped this down from 70+ plus shots There was almost a higher ranking living area once passed the main gate the only real graffiti I saw old statue knocked down Outdoor bath for higher ranking personal Another checkpoint ? A very hot and long road to the rest of the base random buildings entrance to an underground area more underground entrances pitch black led to this directly beneath this Then I found the long tunnel !!! which became this, gotta say, I`m not a fan of underground and this was maybe 200m long with a few off shoots to the cliff sides up top I found this then the long walk back to the car Cheers THE BARON
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