U.S. Embassy Supported Exercise for Georgian Security Partners

Published in military
Monday, 15 August 2022 15:13

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.

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EU and IOM donate fast response boats to Georgia’s coast guard

Published in Economics
Friday, 17 June 2022 10:47

On 16 June, the European Union and  the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) donated four modern boats to Georgia’s Coast Guard.

These rapide response boats with a total cost of around 5 million laris will be deployed in Poti and Batumi. They will support the Coast Guard in patrolling coastal waters and conducting effective search and rescue operations, as well as to enhance interdiction capabilities. 

The main technical specifications of the boats have been tailored to the needs of the Coast Guard to ensure compatibility with the maritime surveillance equipment and systems already in place in Georgia.

Safe and secure borders are key for citizens in Georgia, as in any country. Ensuring security of and around the Black Sea – the physical bridge between the EU and Georgia – is a shared priority for both Georgia and the EU,” said Catalin Gherman, from the EU Delegation to Georgia, during the ceremony in Poti.

The boats were donated within the project ‘Support to Integrated Border Management in Georgia’, implemented by the IOM in the framework of the EU’s ‘EU4 Security, Accountability and Fight against Crime in Georgia’ (SAFE) programme.

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BORDER POLICE LIEUTENANT COMPLETED A ONE-YEAR NAVY OFFICER’S COURSE AT THE BRITANNIA ROYAL NAVAL COLLEGE

Published in military
Wednesday, 12 January 2022 13:41

Lieutenant Ruslan Dolidze, Senior Inspector of the Boarding Team of the MIA Border Police Coast Guard Department, successfully completed a one-year Navy Officer’s Course at the Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC).

The graduation ceremony, held in Dartmouth, was attended by Prince Charles, Prince of Wales.

From the Georgian side, the Director of the Border Police Coast Guard Department, CAPT Ramaz Papidze attended the graduation ceremony. CAPT Papidze congratulated the Coast Guard Officer on the successful completion of the course and wished him success in his career.

Within the framework of his visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Director of the Coast Guard Department held various working meetings. CAPT Papidze met with the Deputy Commander for NATO Maritime Command (MARCOM), Vice Admiral Didier Piaton, Commander of the Britannia Royal Naval College, CAPT Roger Readwin, and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Republic of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Sophie Katsarava.

THE MIA BORDER POLICE COAST GUARD EXPOSED THE VIOLATION OF NAVIGATION RULES

Published in Justice
Wednesday, 03 November 2021 13:58

The officers of MIA Border Police Coast Guard Department detained Vessel HONG FA SHANG HAI, a cargo ship sailing under the flag of China in the Georgian territorial waters, for violating the rules of navigation.

The captain of the ship, who is a Chinese citizen, was charged by the Operative-Investigation Main Division of the Border Police for violating the rules of navigation per Article 114, Part 1, Paragraph 1, Sub-paragraph “T” of the Code of Administrative Offences of Georgia.

The captain of the ship was fined 50,000 GEL. After paying the fine, the ship was allowed to sail freely.

NATO-GEORGIA JOINT NAVAL EXERCISE IN THE BLACK SEA

Published in military
Tuesday, 05 October 2021 12:24

MIA Border Police Coast Guard and NATO Naval Unit ships conducted the joint naval exercise in the Black Sea.

The exercise was held as a part of the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG2) port visit.
MIA Border Police Coast Guard patrol boat SOKHUMI and NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 ships: ESPS RAYO (Spain), ROS LT LUPU DINESCU (Romania), BGS SHKVAL (Bulgaria), TCG EDINCIK (Turkey) and ITS VIAREGGIO (Italy) participated in the joint naval manoeuvres.
The purpose of the exercise is to increase the interoperability of the Georgian and NATO naval forces and strengthen our country's defence capabilities.
NATO Naval Units regularly visit Georgian Ports, which is one of the tangible results of NATO-Georgia cooperation in terms of strengthening the Black Sea security. It is the second time NATO ships have visited Georgia in 2021.
 
 

MIA BORDER POLICE COAST GUARD DEPARTMENT IS HOSTING 5 NATO SHIPS IN GEORGIA (Video)

Published in military
Tuesday, 28 September 2021 12:30
NATO ships have arrived in Georgian territorial waters. The MIA Border Police Coast Guard Department is hosting the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG2) in the Georgian territorial waters. The unit consists of Spanish (Flagship), Italian, Bulgarian, Romanian and Turkish naval vessels. The unit is commanded by CAPT Javier Nunez de Prado.
The Director of the MIA Border Police Cost Guard Department, CAPT Ramaz Papidze, Chairman of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, Tornike Rijvadze, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to Georgia, Mariusz Maszkiewicz and the NATO Military Liaison Officer, COL Rusen Abidinoglu met with NATO ships in Batumi Port.
The visit of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG2) is a confirmation of the Alliance’s support to Georgia's NATO membership course. Georgia's close cooperation with NATO strengthens the security of the Black Sea and promotes stability in the region.
Within the framework of the visit, the Georgian Coast Guard Department and NATO Naval Unit ships will conduct joint exercises in the Black Sea. The purpose of the exercise is to increase the interoperability of the Georgian and NATO naval forces and strengthen our country's defence capabilities. The Coast Guard Department Boarding Teams will also undergo the second stage of the Second Level Assessment [NEL-2], the final phase of the 4-year assessment process.
NATO Naval Units regularly visit Georgian Ports, which is one of the tangible results of NATO-Georgia cooperation in terms of strengthening the Black Sea security. It is the second time NATO ships have visited Georgia in 2021.

 

 

Georgian coast guard completed the final maritime training of the multinational exercise sea breeze 2021

Published in military
Friday, 16 July 2021 10:41
Georgian coast guard completed the final maritime training of the multinational exercise sea breeze 2021. This is reported by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia.
During the last stage, the vessels of the participating countries took part in the joint maritime training held in the Ukrainian waters. The MIA Border Police Coast Guard Department ships DIOSKURIA and OCHAMCHIRE crews, along with NATO and partner countries’ naval units, carried out search-and-rescue operations, naval shootings and tactical manoeuvres. The exercises aimed to share knowledge and experience, enhance interoperability and increase joint capabilities.
Co-organised by the U.S. Sixth Fleet and the Ukrainian Navy, the Sea Breeze exercise lasted for ten days in the Black Sea. Sea Breeze 2021 had the largest number of participating nations in the exercise’s history, with 32 countries from six continents providing 5,000 troops, 32 ships, 40 aircraft, and 18 special operations and dive teams.
Representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and the Ministry of Defence of Georgia took part in the sea, land and HQ components of the exercise. Each element was planned and executed in full compliance with NATO standards and procedures.

Joint Exercises of Georgian and Ukrainian Boarding Teams

Published in Justice
Friday, 09 July 2021 14:22

In the framework of the multinational maritime exercise Sea Breeze 2021, the boarding teams of the MIA Border Police Coast Guard Department, together with their Ukrainian counterparts, conducted joint exercises.

During the exercises, under the supervision of the Greek instructors, the representatives of the Georgian Coast Guard and the Ukrainian Navy and Coast Guard planned and carried out a high-risk boarding operation, which included stopping the vessel in violation of maritime regulations, climbing aboard using a tactical ladder, movement aboard, verifying identities of persons aboard, and establishing control over the vessel.
U.S. Sixth Fleet and the Ukrainian Navy are co-hosting the multinational maritime exercise Sea Breeze 2021. The exercise is taking place from June 28 to July 10 in the Black Sea region. The annual exercise includes sea, land, and air components, and aims to enhance interoperability among participating forces and increase the joint capabilities to ensure regional maritime security. This year’s iteration has the largest number of participating nations in the exercise’s history with 32 countries from six continents providing 5,000 troops, 32 ships, 40 aircraft, and 18 special operations and dive teams scheduled to participate.
Statement of the MIA Border Police

THE ROYAL NAVY SHIP HMS DEFENDER IS IN GEORGIA

Published in Justice
Monday, 28 June 2021 11:45

The Royal Navy ship HMS DEFENDER has arrived at the Batumi Port. The Director of the MIA Border Police Coast Guard Department, CAPT Ramaz Papidze, the Chairman of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara Tornike Rizhvadze and Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Georgia Mark Clayton met with the Commander of the ship, CAPT Vince Owen and the crew at Batumi Port.

The ship's visit serves to demonstrate the close cooperation between the United Kingdom and Georgia in the defence and security field.
During the visit, the representatives of the two naval units will hold informational meetings to share experiences. HMS DEFENDER and the Georgian Coast Guard ships will participate in the joint naval exercise in the Black Sea. The joint exercise helps to increase interoperability between the crews and develop Georgian Coast Guard capabilities.
HMS DEFENDER (D36), one of the most powerful air-defence destroyers in the Royal Navy, is visiting Georgia for the first time. DARING-class destroyer is equipped with modern anti-air and anti-ship missiles.

Press-release of the MIA Georgia

US Coast Guard Academy’s Georgian graduates awarded diplomas by US President Joe Biden

Published in military
Tuesday, 25 May 2021 10:25

Nikoloz Tvildiani and Sandro Stazhadze-United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) students sponsored by Georgia's Interior Ministry-were congratulated on the completion of their courses and awarded diplomas by US President Joe Biden, at the academy's graduation ceremony.
USCGA graduates Nikoloz Tvildiani and Sandro Stazhadze are the first cadets endorsed by Georgia's Interior Ministry to study at the US Coast Guard Academy who, after the successful completion of a bachelor's degree program, will serve as Coast Guard service members.
A total of 240 students graduated this year from the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), with two Georgians: Nikoloz Tvildiani and Sandro Stazhadze among 7 foreign graduates. The Coast Guard Academy is among the top ten military academies in the US. The Interior Ministry of Georgia, in light of its purview, became involved in the selection of USCGA entrants for the first time in 2017. Four years ago, only Nikoloz Tvildiani and Sandro Stazhadze were accepted to USCGA after excelling in a demanding competition.

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