Georgian military and U.S. marines hold demonstrative exercises
Georgia, Tbilisi, July 23 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /
Georgian and U.S. military have held demonstrative exercises to suppress the actions of conditional rebels on the training ground of the Vaziani military base (near Tbilisi) on Friday.
The Georgian Defense Ministry told Trend that the exercises were held within the Honored Guests Day. Several military attaches of embassies, as well as U.S. Ambassador John Bass, accompanied by Georgian Minister of Defence Bacho Akhalaia attended the exercises.
A two-week Georgian-American exercise Agile Spirit has been launched in Georgia on July 18.
A combined military exercise Agile Spirit 2011 conducted in the Vaziani Training Area involves the U.S. Marines and soldiers from the 4th Infantry Brigade of the Georgian Armed Forces, the Georgian Defense Ministry reported.
The focus of the exercise is to increase interoperability between the forces and exchange and enhance each other's capacity in counterinsurgency and peacekeeping operations.
The exercise involve approximately 350 Marines from the Marine Corps' Black Sea Rotational Force 11 based in Constanta, Romania, Anti-Terrorism Battalion based out of Bessemer, Ala. and 450 military servicemen of the Georgian 4th Infantry Brigade.
Agile Spirit is the first of 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 11 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 13 nations throughout Eastern Europe.
The exercises will be officially completed on August 1.