Mr. Kekelidze: The visit is extremely important as it represents a strong political message of NATO's support for Georgia's Euro-Atlantic integration

Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG2) which includes the Italian ITS VESUVIO and Turkish TCG AMASRA, entered the Georgian territorial waters for a scheduled port visit. The SNMCMG2 is led by Captain Alessandro Falcone of the Italian Navy.

"The visit is extremely important as it represents a strong political message of NATO's support for Georgia's Euro-Atlantic integration. In addition, the visit is of great practical importance as in enhances the interoperability between the NATO forces and the Coast Guard Department under the MIA Border Police of Georgia.
For the first time during the SNMCMG2 visit to Georgia, the maritime exercises will last for three days with joint maneuvers and underwater detection. The boarding team will take part in the upcoming training. These are the same tactical teams that have been declared in the NATO led operation “SEA GUARDIAN”, declared Mr.Kekelidze.

The greeting ceremony, was attended by Mr.Kekelidze, the Head of the MIA Border Police, alongside the representatives from the A/R  of Adjara, Embassy of Poland, NATO Liaison Office (NLO) in Georgia and the Coast Guard Department.

“Georgia is one of the oldest and most important regional parties of NATO. The visit of the Standing NATO Maritime Counter Measures Group Two is a demonstration of the strong and growing partnership with Georgia” – declared Captain Allesandro Falcone after the welcome ceremony.

In the frame of the visit, CAPT Emzar Aramishvili will hold a meeting with Captain Falcone at the Coast Guard Batumi Base.  At the same time coordination meeting will be held between the SNMCMG2 and Georgia Coast Guard to discuss the scheduled joint drills.

The visit of the SNMCMG2 is a clear demonstration of the successful maritime cooperation with NATO and reaffirms the Alliance's support for Georgia's Euro-Atlantic aspirations.

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