USS Donald Cook entered the Territorial Waters of Georgia
The Coast Guard Department of the Border Police under the Ministry of Internal Affairs is hosting USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) in the territorial waters of Georgia. The ship was greeted by the Director of the Coast Guard Department, CAPT Ramaz Papidze and representatives of the same department.
The visit serves to highlight the continued maritime cooperation between the U.S. and Georgia to promote regional peace and stability.
The visit is held in line with the recommendations from the World Health Organization and the National Center for Disease Control. In order to prevent the possible spread of the COVID-19, the meetings are to be held remotely, through VTC.
Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer "Donald Cook" is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. U.S. 6th Fleet conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
"Donald Cook" will leave the territorial waters of Georgia tomorrow, February 6, after the completion of a joint training with the GCG.
Employees of the relevant units under the Ministry of Internal Affairs are mobilized in Kutaisi
Employees of the relevant units under the Ministry of Internal Affairs are mobilized in Kutaisi, on Shota Rustaveli Avenue, conducting operational and investigative measures. The investigation was launched on the fact of the attack on one of the branches of "Bank of Georgia", the act of terrorism, taking hostages for terrorism purposes, and illegal purchase, storage and carrying of ammunition.In the course of operational-investigative activities it has been established that an armed person broke into the branch of "Bank of Georgia" located on Shota Rustaveli Avenue, Kutaisi and took several people as hostages in order to appropriate large amount of cash.At the moment, 12 people remain in the building as hostages. Law enforcement officers are taking all necessary measures for their timely and safe release.The Ministry of Internal Affairs calls on the media representatives to observe the safety norms and follow the instructions of the police on the spot.The incident is being investigated under Articles 144, 236, 323 and 329 of the Criminal Code of Georgia.STATEMENT OF THE MINISTRY OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS
STATEMENT OF THE MINISTRY OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS
Employees of relevant units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs are mobilized near the bank located on Shota Rustaveli Avenue in Kutaisi.According to initial information, an armed person broke into the "Bank of Georgia" branch.As soon as the report on the attack was received, the police officers cordoned off the area around the scene immediately. Currently law enforcement officers mobilized on the spot are taking all necessary and urgent measures, while investigative and operative activities are underway.The Ministry of Internal Affairs calls on the media representatives to observe the safety norms and follow the instructions of the police on the spot.
SPECIALIZED FIREFIGHTING AIRCRAFTS OF THE REPUBLIC OF TURKEY ARE INVOLVED IN FIRE EXTINGUISHING WORKS IN BORJOMI
In Borjomi Municipality, the fire localization and liquidation works continued throughout the night. Employees of various departments of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure, as well as the relevant services of the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture, actively participate in fire extinguishing process. Border police helicopters resumed their work in the morning.Within the frames of the international aid, in Borjomi municipality, a firefighting aircraft with 8-ton tank of the Republic of Turkey was involved in the process of treating fire sectors from the morning. Today, two additional specialized firefighting aircrafts will be involved in fire fighting activities.Herewith, specialized firefighting train of the Railway Department will be involved in the fire extinguishing process from the morning.Due to high temperature and wind, fire sources of different complexity are still detectable on the ground. Routes leading to almost all active fire zones have already been laid with heavy machinery and tractors.All relevant fire-rescue vehicles are mobilized on the spot. Drones continue to monitor the fire.The operative management headquarters, headed by the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Ioseb Chelidze, and the Head of the Emergency Situations Management Service, Temur Mghebrishvili, continue to work on the ground.MIA of Georgia
A MEMORANDUM OF COOPERATION WAS SIGNED BETWEEN THE MIGRATION DEPARTMENT OF THE MINISTRY OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS
Representatives of Zurab Zhvania School of Public Administration visited the reception center for asylum seekers of the Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.Within the framework of the meeting, Mikheil Chikvaidze, the director of the Migration Department, and Ketevan Jakeli, the director Zurab Zhvania School of Public Administration, signed a memorandum of cooperation, envisiooning the teaching of the Georgian language for adult asylum seekers located in the center.The memorandum was signed within the framework of the state language-teaching program.The guests visited the reception center for asylum seekers of the Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, located in the village of Martopi, and have been familiarized with the specifics of the center's operation and services.The center was built and operates with the support of the European Union, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United States Department of State and the United States European Command (EUCOM).
U.S. Embassy Supported Exercise for Georgian Security Partners
This Joint Maritime Operations Center Table Top Exercise (JMOC TTX) facilitated by DTRA’s International Counterproliferation Program, brought together Georgia’s maritime-oriented interagency on 8-11 August to collaboratively respond to port and coastal security scenarios.
Members of the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S Defense Threat Reduction Agency worked shoulder to shoulder at various locations along Georgia’s Black Sea Coast with Georgian security partners from the Maritime Transport Agency, the Coast Guard, the State Security Service, the Emergency Management Service and other organizations to address maritime security challenges.
The exercise builds on the JMOC TTX executed in September 2021 and will carry momentum into a JMOC TTX planned in spring 2023.
Participating agencies will be able to use lessons learned to develop enhanced response procedures and plans. Lessons will also potentially inform national-level maritime security strategy and legislation.
The JMOC TTX showcases another example of the U.S. government’s long-standing support to the government of Georgia.