NATO Ships Arrive in Batumi

By António Luis Brito
Friday, February 12, 2016
Photo: NATO MARCOM

This morning, four NATO ships assigned to Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group TWO (SNMCMG2) arrived in Batumi, Georgia for a scheduled visit in an effort to enhance cooperative activities and strengthen relations with the partner nation. The fifth member of the Group, ITS GAETA (Italy), will arrive later in the visit.

 
Under the command of Captain Ramazan Kesgin, Turkish Navy, the Group includes the flagship TCG CEZAYIRLI GAZI HASAN PASA (Turkey) and the mine counter-measures vessels TCG EDREMIT (Turkey), ESPS TAMBRE (Spain), ITS GAETA and ROS SLT. ALEXANDRU AXENTE (Romania). 
 
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to visit Batumi, and to exercise and interact with the Georgian Coast Guard,” said Captain Kesgin. This visit is a vital part of the NATO calendar for 2016 and is a significant event.” 
 
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 maneuvering skill sets, and giving each other’s Sailors a chance to observe operations aboard one another’s ships, in a cross-pollination exercise. 
  • Photo: NATO MARCOM

    Photo: NATO MARCOM

  • Photo: NATO MARCOM

    Photo: NATO MARCOM

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter June 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Navy

This Day In Naval History: July 1

1801 - Commodore Richard Dale's squadron arrives at Gibraltar for the protection of American interests and to strike at the Barbary Pirates in the Mediterranean.

NASSCO Wins Six Ship U.S. Navy Contract

General Dynamics NASSCO, a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), won a contract by the U.S. Navy for the detailed design and construction of the next generation of fleet oilers,

IOMAXIS Awarded $245 Mln Contract to Support NRL

Contract will allow IOMAXIS to provide research, development and technical support to initiatives at the Naval Research Lab   IOMAXIS, provider of technologies

Maritime Security

Gulf of Guinea Piracy: More Prevalent and Sophisticated

Stuart Edmonston, Head of Loss Prevention at UK P&I Club, together with Hellenic War Risks and Terra Firma Risk Management, highlights the growth of piracy in the

Maritime Piracy: More "sophisticated and prevalent” around Gulf of Guinea

While the matter of maritime piracy has seemingly subdued from its high profile peaks of a few years ago, Stuart Edmonston, Head of Loss Prevention at UK P&I Club,

US Provides $100 Mln in Port Security Grants

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced final allocations of $275 million for six fiscal year 2016 U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) competitive preparedness grant programs,

News

India's Iran Oil Imports Surge in June

India's Iran oil imports rose about 39 percent in June year on year, preliminary data obtained by Reuters shows.   In the first half of 2016 India's Iran oil

Tallink Christens LNG Ferry Megastar

A new LNG-driven fast ferry Megastar was christened in Meyer Turku shipyard for owner/operator Tallink Grupp. The environmentally sound ship was christened on

Lerwick Welcomes its Largest Ever Cruise Vessel

June 30 was a big day for GAC UK’s Shetlands office, as Offshore Manager Adrian Henry welcomed the P&O Cruises ship Azura to the port of Lerwick, the islands’ capital and home to GAC’s local office.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1384 sec (7 req/sec)