New facilities inaugurated at special forces base in Azerbaijan

On 20 June, Azeri defence officials inaugurated a new facilities building at a special forces military base on the outskirts of Baku. According to an official notification, the building includes a commander’s hall, classrooms and medical facilities, the opening ceremony was headed by Special Forces commander Hikmet Mirzayev, with no mention of a visit by defence minister Zakir Hasanov, possibly hinting at a lower-significance event.

Photos of the new facilities provided by Azerbaijan’s Defence Ministry

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The military base was renovated in 2015 and a major training ground added in late 2018, with an official opening ceremony at in April 2015 headed by Zakir Hasanov.

President Ilham Aliyev visited this base in April 2019 for a follow up, where special forces units also performed simulations showing off their capacities.

Official photos of President Aliyev’s visit in April 2019

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