Thursday, August 16, 2018

US-led multinational 'Noble Partner 2018' drills wrap up in Georgia

August 16, 2018 (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty) NATO forces and troops from partner countries have concluded over two weeks of combat training in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. The 13-nation military exercise "Noble Partner 2018" kicked off in Georgia's Vaziani military base on Wednesday Aug. 1st.with over 3,000 soldiers taking part, the Georgian Defense Ministry said. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Britain, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States are participating in the drills. 

At the opening ceremony on the outskirts of Tbilisi, Georgia's Defense Minister Levan Izoria said the goal is to make the armed forces a full-fledged contributor to international peace and security. The two-week joint military exercise began with an air descent operation by Georgian, U.S. and German servicemen. 

The annual exercise aims to enhance participating nations' readiness and interoperability. It includes field training combined with combat shooting, as well as interaction of combat support elements in defense and attack operations. About 100 Ukrainian marines kept on training along with service personnel of NATO nations and partners within the exercise.

 “These maneuvers are designed for coordination and cooperation of NATO nations and partners, coordinated actions of multinational unit. The Ukrainian unit acts as a unitary whole”, Gen. Tabatadzi Shavleg, Georgian co-director of Exercise, said.

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