The Coast Guard Department under the MIA Border Police of Georgia hosts USS PORTER

The Coast Guard Department under the MIA Border Police of Georgia is hosting USS PORTER (DDG 78) in the territorial waters of Georgia. The visit will further reinforce maritime cooperation between Georgia and the United States.

The visit is held in line with the recommendations from the World Health Organization and the National Center for Disease Control. In order to prevent the possible spread of the COVID-19 all public and cultural events within the visit have been cancelled. The meetings were held through VTC.

USS Porter is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.  U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order advance Hugh security and stability in Europe and Africa. CDR Craig Trent is Commanding Officer of USS PORTER.

Before a port call USS Porter (DDG 78) and USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) conducted combined maritime exercise training with the Georgian Coast Guard vessels “Ochamchire” [P23] and “Dioskuria” [P25]. The aim of maritime exercises was to enhance interoperability and interaction between the Georgian and US forces. Trainings only included ship maneuvers without crew interactions.

The visit reaffirms the United States’ commitment to strengthening ties with Georgia, while working toward mutual goals of promoting security and stability in the Black Sea.