In conjunction with the port visit by SNMCMG2, NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM) Chief of Staff, Rear Admiral Giorgio Lazio, Italian Navy, will conduct a courtesy visit to the port, and meet with Georgian officials, including the director of the Georgian Coast Guard.
"This visit highlights the very positive partnership between the Alliance and Georgia, and builds upon SNMCMG2's previous visit to Batumi in September 2013," said Rear Admiral Lazio. "Opportunities such as this to exercise and work closely with the Georgian Coast Guard greatly enhance our interoperability between our forces, which can pay significant dividends in future cooperation in the maritime domain."
Upon conclusion of the visit ashore, SNMCMG2's ships will conduct a series of exercises at sea with the Georgian Coast Guard, enhancing their search and rescue, boarding, and tactical manoeuvering skill sets, and giving each other's Sailors a chance to observe operations aboard one another's ships, in a cross-pollination exercise.
Story by NATO Allied Maritime Command Public Affairs Office
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