Joint Georgian-U.S. military exercises to be held
Georgia, Tbilisi, March 9 / Trend N. Kirtzkhalia /
Joint exercises of the U.S. marine infantrymen and the fourth infantry brigade of the Georgian Defense Ministry Agile Spirit 2012 will be held on the training ground of the Vaziani military base on March 10-24.
The exercise will involve over 300 marine infantrymen from the Marine Corps' Black Sea Rotational Force 12 based in Constanta, Romania, the U.S embassy to Georgia told Trend.
The purpose of joint exercises is to intensify the interoperability of the armed forces of both countries, to help them to exchange their knowledge and experience. The exercises also include testing of military equipment, escorting and neutralizing the self-made explosive device.
Agile Spirit is what is scheduled to become an annual exercise and supplements other military engagements such as the Georgia Deployment Program, which is a U.S. Marine Corps program that prepares Georgian Armed Forces to deploy to Afghanistan in support of the International Security Assistance Force.
Black Sea Rotational Force 12 is a rotational deployment of Marines to the Black Sea, Balkan and Caucasus regions to work with partner and allied nations to help build their military capacity, promote stability throughout the region, and build enduring partnerships with 19 nations throughout Europe.