U.S. and NATO High-level Military Delegation at Batumi Port

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Friday, 29 April 2016 15:16

U.S. and NATO high-level military delegation visited Georgia on purpose to familiarize with the infrastructural capabilities of Batumi Port. Chief of General Staff of the GAF, Major General Vakhtang Kapanadze welcomed the military delegation led by Commander of U.S. Army Europe, Lieutenant General Ben Hodges and wished them successful visit.
After the airport the U.S. and NATO military leadership moved to Batumi Port and familiarized with its infrastructural capabilities on the ground. Logistics officers delivered information on Georgia’s logistical service which the country offers to its partner countries and the Alliance with high standards, including for bilateral and multinational international activities. The sides discussed movement of the U.S. military technique for the exercise “Noble Partner” that is planned in Georgia in May via the Batumi Port. The sides also expressed will to deepen further cooperation to the logistics direction.
Major General Vakhtang Kapanadze estimated the visit as very essential and outlined: “This visit is very important as high level delegation – Generals, Colonels, the representatives from the European countries, as well as from the U.S> Army in Europe and NATO arrived in Georgia. The mission of their visit is to get acquainted to the capabilities of the ports in Georgia and generally throughout the Black Sea basin”.
Commander of the U.S. Army in Europe emphasized the purpose of their visit to Georgia. “Our group is a collection of officers from the U.S. Army in Europe, but also from the States, from NATO and European countries. We are here to look at port in Batumi to understand what is required to move equipment, how fast we can move equipment. So this is part of professional soldiers studying the logistics. But we also came here to demonstrate to Georgia, my good friend General Kapanadze, who is such a good soldier, that we are committed to work with Georgia, to continue work improving interoperability. We have an exercise called “Noble Partner”. We are right here - U.S. Army Tank Company will come across soon by ferry from Bulgaria. So I wanted to see what the facility how it looks like”, stated Lieutenant General BenHodges.
Within the tour in the Black Sea basin, the high level military officials of the U.S. Army in Europe and NATO will visit NATO member countries of the Black Sea Coast in order to familiarize their infrastructural capabilities as well.  

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