Members of the U.S. Army Security Assistance Training Command’s Security Assistance Training Management Organization attended a ceremony Jan. 16 as the Albanian Defense Ministry celebrated the delivery of two UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters at Rinas Airport near Tirana.

The Albanian government acquired the aircraft with help from the European Recapitalization Incentive Program (ERIP), a fund setup by the State Department in 2018 to assist with replacement of Russian equipment in Europe.

Training is expected to begin in February and will be conducted by five contractors, all prior Army pilots, mechanics, and crew chiefs with extensive experience. They will instruct on all facets of aviation, from maintenance to day-to-day flight operations.

The aircraft will increase the Albanian Air Force’s capabilities in SAR, medical evacuation and other mission sets, as well as support NATO’s logistical movements for operations and training according to the U.S. Embassy in Tirana.