The military personnel of the 32nd Battalion returning from Afghanistan to Georgia

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Tuesday, 29 June 2021 11:15

The process of returning Georgian peacekeepers from Afghanistan continues. Another group of the Georgian troops deployed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan has returned to the homeland today. The representatives of the Western Command and III Infantry Brigade greeted the 32nd Light Infantry Battalion servicemen at the Tbilisi International Airport, congratulated them on their peaceful return to the motherland and thanked them for the successful accomplishment of the mission.

The 32nd Battalion personnel was fulfilling the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for six months under US command and its main task was protecting the security of the base.

The unit will fully return to Georgia in the near future. The Reinforced Company of III Infantry Brigade has already completed the RSM. The military unit was deployed in Mazar-i-sharif and was carrying out its duties under German command. Georgia has been involved in the ongoing peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan since 2004 and it is the largest per capita contributor among the non-Alliance countries. Georgian Defence Forces are leaving Afghanistan on a schedule agreed with NATO.

Press-release of the MOD Georgia

 

Georgian Military to undergo RSM Pre-deployment Training in Georgia instead of Germany

Published in military
Thursday, 11 June 2020 15:26

For the first time Resolute Support Mission pre-deployment mission rehearsal exercises for Georgian soldiers is being conducted in Georgia with help of American military staff. Before, such exercises were conducted in Germany where the military units got final evaluation. But currently pre-deployment mission rehearsal exercise is conducted on the Georgia Defence Forces military base. This attests to Georgia’s compliance with NATO standards and is another clear example, that Georgia has capacity and capability to successfully conduct international level exercises on Georgian soil.

The 13th Battalion of I Infantry Brigade is preparing for participation in the international mission. Today three training zones were arranged in Vaziani – the first unit performed cordon and search operation, second unit was responsible for protection the base and the third unit provided evacuation of the wounded soldiers. Around 600 military personnel participate in the closing exercise, which is the final component of 4-month long intensive preparation. Each stage of training will be evaluated that finally defines readiness level of the battalion to carry out the RSM. Pre-deployment training launched on June 5 and will come to an end on June 15.

Pre-deployment training is provided by JTEC sub-organization - Peacekeeping Operations Training Center (PKOTC) together with USMC. To date, around 18 000 Georgian military personnel underwent pre-deployment trainings and subsequently served alongside American personnel in ISAF and RSM operations.

Press release

Events on occasion of the 28th anniversary of Turkmenistan Independence take place in the country

Published in Politics
Monday, 30 September 2019 15:34

 

Turkmenistan citizens celebrate a momentous date in the history of the state – the Independence Day. The main square of Turkmen capital met guests and participants of the celebration in bright and neat appearance. Members of the Government, deputies of the Mejlis, heads of ministries and departments, public organizations, diplomatic missions accredited in Turkmenistan, delegates of the People’s Council as well as foreign guests who came to Ashgabat are on the State tribune. Everybody wait for the start of grandiose event, which is traditionally held on Independence Day.

Military personnel of all types of the Armed Forces of the country have lined up on the Independence Square.

It is 10 o’clock. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov went up on the State tribune. The participants have greeted the Head of the State with enthusiasm.

The celebration has started from the military parade, which again demonstrated high professionalism and training of Turkmen soldiers.

Minister of Defence B. Gundogdiyev reported to President of Turkmenistan, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Army General Berdimuhamedov on the readiness to start the review of defensive capability of the country. The President commanded to start the parade.

The Minister of Defence drove along the troops greeting the lines formed up of military personnel and cadets of specialized institutes and schools, soldiers and officers of National Army.

The State Anthem is played and the State Flag of Turkmenistan is hoisted.

The parade was opened by the flag group, which walked along the tribune with the State Flag of Turkmenistan and combat colours of all Armed Forces under the sounds of ceremonial march.

After, cadets of Berdimuhamed Annayev specialized military school marched in front of the tribune. They were followed by the battalion of officers of National Army and female military personnel who make significant input to provision of peace in our country.

Soldiers of motorized infantry battalion demonstrate an outstanding example of high skills and training. They were followed by Turkmen Air Force pilots. Anti-aircraft soldiers marched in front of the State tribune. Navy personnel and marines have also participated in the celebration parade.

The review is continued by the column of military personnel of artillery division who demonstrate high skills of destroying of targets during tactical training exercises.

They were followed by the battalion of the General Department of Civil Defence and Rescue Works of the Ministry of Defence, which personnel successfully solves the tasks for operational response during emergency situation and mitigation of the coonsequences.

Military personnel of new formation of National Army – the battalion of territorial defence troops, have also participated in this parade. The main objectives of the division, which was established by the initiative of Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, is to protect state, strategic and special facilities.

Personnel of special force divisions of the Ministry of National Security, which participate in operation using advanced tactics and latest military equipment, marched across the square.

Unified system of military education, which includes the Military Institute of the Ministry of Defence and Academic Department for high-rank officers, Naval Institute, Institute of the Ministry of Interior, Border Guard Institute, Institute of National Security, specialized schools of the Ministry of Defence, Specialized Navy School, has been established in the country for the years of independence.

The main goal of this educational facilities is to form up new generation of professional officers for National Army, who are able to operate modern equipment and machinery.

Activity of the Institute of the Ministry of Interior, which cadets have marched across the square, is aimed at achievements of set objectives.

They were followed by the special force group of the State Border Guard Service and the soldiers of special force battalion, which was named «Türkmen edermen». By the initiative of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. The main distinguishing feature of the personnel of special divisions is high level of combat, theoretical and physical training while the fast response during solution of combat tasks, mobility and number are the main principles of their activity.

As is known, legendary ahalteke horses are pride of Turkmen nation. In this time, ahalteke horses have become assistants of the Motherland defenders and protectors of public order, having shared with them this responsible mission. March of equestrian divisions of the Armed Forces and the Ministry of Interior was an adornment of this parade in honour of the 28th anniversary.

It comes the turn of modern military equipment, which is used by National Army. Mechanized columns of different Armed forces led by Combat Guard military vehicle drove across the square one after another. It was followed by motor transport vehicles designated for fast fulfilment of combat tasks of by special force divisions. Equipped with modern technical hardware, the vehicles are able to carry out combat operations in any conditions.

The review is continued by MRZR-D2, MRZR-D4, DAGOR, AJBAN combat vehicles , which are used by special force troops to fulfil successfully their tasks in the areas with difficult access.

Armoured Land Rover and NIMR vehicles equipped with anti-tank missiles, mortars and machine guns are in service of National Army.

Equipment and facility base of the Armed Forces of Turkmenistan has AL SHIBL combat vehicles, which are designated for combat operations and tactical trainings of special force groups.

Modern KARAKAL combat vehicle as well as BTR-80A and KIRPI armoured vehicles for special divisions were presented at the celebration parade.

The review was continued by the third mechanized column, which consists of specialized transport vehicles of the State Border Guard Service like Toyota Hilux, Cobra, Mantra, PMV-Survivor-II, KIRPI, which are distinguished by power, speed and high off-road capabilities. These vehicles are designated for protection of sacred border of the Motherland.

IVECO trucks with ZU-23 anti-aircraft rocket complex for destroying of air target on small altitudes drove in front of the tribune.

The fourth mechanized column is represented by light armoured vehicleson service of the Ministry of Interior including Otokar, Ford, Toyota Tundra, GMC Sierra, PMV Survivor II.

Celebration parade was continue by the Air Force of the country. Group of MI-17 and MI-8 combat helicopters of the Air Force of the country appeared in the sky. They were followed by UAgusta-109 and Augusta-139, which are used for protection of the State border including in the mountain areas with difficult access. Military parade is continued by Eurocopter 365 choppers of the Ministry of National Security.

Special Diamond-42 aircraft flew over the square. Its technical characteristics allows making recon flights, aerial photo and video imaging. It wa followed by the group of SU-25 combat aircrafts.

Special battalion of the Guard of Honour of the Ministry of Defence of Turkmenistan entered the square. Demonstrating outstanding training and high skills in handling weapons, the soldiers formed up the image of two crossing olive branches – the symbol of peace on the State Flag of Turkmenistan, as well as the Abadançylyk Monument and figure of the alabay.

Performance of the Orchestra of the Armed Forces of Turkmenistan, which formed the figure of 28, was the final chord of the military parade in honour of the main celebration of the country.

Before the second part of the events, beautiful ahalteke horse of golden colour in parade outfit with jewellery harness and saddle was taken out to the square in front of the tribune. Two horse-riders who lead the horse demonstrated its beauty, statue and grace.

On behalf of associates, this excellent horse is presented to the Head of the State as a gratitude for his versatile activity on occasion of the 28th anniversary of Turkmenistan Independence.

28 horse riders came out to the square with flags of Turkmenistan in their hands under sounds of music. They have waltzed in front of the tribune in straight line making spectators especially foreign guest to see an excellent training of horses.

The participants greeted horse riders of famous Galkynysh equestrian group under rhythmic melody and ringing voice young singers. Ability to keep balance is in the base of fancy horse riding, in which Turkmens were always famous. Members of Galkynysh group amaze with fantastic balancing – they ride horses and form up live pyramid of the riders. They have presented his effective stunt in the celebration performance on the main square, having hoisting green colour of National flag high.

The horse riders left and the square was filled with representatives of younger generation. Participants of literature and music composition “Turkmenistan – Home of Prosperity” carried the globe, which turns into the centre of flower in choreographic picture. Performance with participation of folk and dance collective, children ensembles and flag holders is expanded around the flower.

White balloons as a metaphor of good hopes and wishes were set off to the sky. Girls dressed in white dove costumes as a symbol of peace from the old times appeared on the performance. Cute Rovach the foul is well recognized character. Content of the composition reflects and glorifies the today of the country.

Deputies of the Mejlis, representatives of public organizations, honoured elders walked across the square. They were followed by the representatives of all velayats who came to the capital. They are escorted by portable platforms with tamdyrs – the symbol of hearth and modern embodiment of Ak öýi as a symbol of traditions passed from generation to generation.

The baton as taken by white-marble capital – the parade was continued by personnel of Ashgabat city administration. Architectural attractions, significant monuments, which decorate the main city of the country, are displayed the 3D illustration.

Personnel of educational system walked across the square. Personnel of scientific and education facilities and students greeted the Head of the State expressing their gratitude for wide opportunities for implementation of art and intellectual protential.

They were replaced by the lines of cyclists who opened the column of sportsmen. Master of different sports, prize winners of local and international competitions were among them. Today, excellent sport complexes and stadiums, biggest in the region Olympic village are at their disposal these days.

Avaza was the next theme in celebration parade. Silhouette of Avaza Congress Centre, where first Caspian Economic Forum was held with success on August 12, is on the vehicle with decorations.

The procession was continued by personnel of health protection and medical industry. Today, high level of medical service in our country is guaranteed by ramified system of super modern medical facilities, for construction of which the state has paid millions of dollars. Ashgabat has turned into large medical centre with high technological clinics.

Personnel of economic structures, financial and banking sphere entered the square. All branches of national economy dedicated their work achievements to the Independence Day. Story about them is accompanied by bright procesion of representatives of trade and entrepreneurship sphere.

One of dynamically developing branches of national economy – the textile industry, has been presented in the parade by bigger procession. Personnel of carpet making and textile facilities of the country tried to demonstrate their industry more expressively.

Folklore and ethnographic ensemble Dokmaçylar performed exciting dance under the sound of celebration song. Student artistic collectives have also been involved to bright composition demonstrating atmosphere of Turkmen traditional celebration.

Personnel of industrial facilities entered the square with portable platform with models of industrial installation. After, brightly decorated vehicles drove in front of the tribune. One of them carried the gifts of generous Turkmen land and production of local agricultural producers while another has picturesque landscape with mountains, waterfalls and animals of Turkmen nature.

It is followed by the column of people dressed in railroad, water transport and civil aviation uniform personnel. They are accompanied by the vehicles decorated according to profile theme.

Dynamics of actively developing transport and communication complex of the country is reflected in the song about goo roads performed by famous popular singers. Dance and vocal accompaniment was made by Laçyn folklore ensemble together with students of profile universities.

Personnel of oil and gas industry dressed in working outfit are on the square. Achievements of oil and gas industry are visually demonstrated in thematic decoration of demonstration vehicle. Specialists of energy sphere was walking next. Their vehicles are decorated with models of production facilities, which output capacity provides local growing requirements, high-voltage power lines supplying Turkmen energy to neighbouring countries.

The songs were sung again, balloons flew in the sky, ensemble Serpaý and student artistic collectives performed composition dedicated to the wealth of turmen land and work of personnel of fuel and energy sphere.

Construction and architectural sphere, which achievements are obvious to all, has been demonstrated.

Time of younger generation and cultural sphere personnel has come. Best children artistic collectives came to the main square of the country. young artists performed vivid dance composition.

The procession of art masters and personnel of cultural sphere of Turkmenistan was also big. Young talents and famous artists presented a bouquet of song and dance compositions to the Head of the State.

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Big concert of popular singers in honour of Independence Day was held the same evening at the square in front of Älem Cultural and Entertainment Centre where numerous residents and guests of the country have gathered.

Celebrities of music stage of Turkmenistan, masters and young soloists, folk and dance ensembles, chorus groups took part in the concert. Artists performed popular and new songs. The performance was followed by the bursts of celebration fireworks. Bright fountains of light were it up and scattered like stars in evening sky.

  The state news agency of Turkmenistan

NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019 Closing Ceremony

Published in military
Wednesday, 01 May 2019 13:11

29 March, 2019 - The closing ceremony was held at the NATO-Georgia Joint-Training and Evaluation Center (JTEC). First Deputy Chief of the Defence Forces Colonel Nikoloz Janjgava, the U.S. Army Lieutenant General John C. Thomson III and Deputy Commander/Chief of Staff of the NATO Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) Brigadier General Ladislav Jung attended the ceremony. 

During the ceremony, First Deputy Chief of the Defence Forces congratulated the exercise participants on the successful accomplishment of the exercise and outlined that the exercise was an excellent example of the productive cooperation. 

“We all worked hard to make this remarkable event happen. We are able to conclude that the Exercise fulfilled its objectives which are, among others, to enhance our capabilities and improve our interoperability with the Allied staffs.”- stated Colonel Nikoloz Janjgava. 

In his address, Lieutenant General Thomson congratulated the exercise participants on their successful accomplishment, and thanked the Georgian soldiers for their teamwork and collective efforts. Additionally, Lieutenant General Thomson stated that: “The successful conclusion of an exercise that has made us stronger. History teaches us that strength deters aggression.” 

The official closing ceremony of the exercise concluded with an award ceremony. First Deputy Chief of the Defence Forces Colonel Janjgava and Lieutenant General Thomson presented certificates to the participants. 

“NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019”  (Computer Assisted/Command Post Exercise - CAX/CPX), held from 18-29 March, 2019 at the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Centre (JTEC) at National Centre “Krtsanisi” and involved around 350 personnel. “NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019” was the first NATO multinational brigade-level command post exercise conducted and led by the Georgian Defence Forces. 

This exercise was designed to train a Georgian-led multinational brigade headquarters staff to plan, coordinate and execute scenario-based military responses to humanitarian crises. It was also testing the interoperability of Georgian, Allied and Partner Forces, as well as Georgian command and control capabilities. Additionally, it tested the ability to adopt a comprehensive approach to a non-article 5 crisis response, involving civil-military cooperation with international organizations and non-governmental organizations. Humanitarian bodies like the inter-governmental organizations: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) - were represented during the exercise, providing direct feedback and mentorship to exercise participants. 

This was the second NATO-Georgia Exercise to take place through the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package (SNGP) framework - a set of 15 defence capacity building Initiatives agreed between Georgia and NATO at the Wales Summit in 2014, and reinforced at the Warsaw Summit in 2016. The first NATO-Georgia Exercise was conducted in 2016 involving 15 NATO allied and partner nations. 

“NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019” was scheduled by NATO Allied Command Transformation, conducted by the Georgian General Staff with mentoring from NATO Allied Land Command. It was directed by the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Center, and mentored by the NATO Joint Force Training Centre. 

This exercise was comprised of 21 Allied Nations (Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States) and 3 Partner Nations (Azerbaijan, Georgia as the Host Nation and Sweden).

The NATO Military Committee to visit Georgia

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Monday, 25 March 2019 17:21

The NATO Military Committee and its Chairman, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach will be in Tbilisi, Georgia on 27 and 28 March 2019. 

As a show of support to its long-time partner, the NATO Military Committee will hold a meeting in the NATO-Georgia format chaired by the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Air Chief Marshal Peach and the Georgian Minister of Defence, Mr Levan Izoria. The opening remarks will be open to the media. The NATO Military Committee will receive an overview of the regional security situation, including the occupied regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and the Black Sea. The NATO Military Representatives will then be briefed on the ongoing implementation of the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package, the ongoing Georgian Reforms as well as the continuing Georgian contributions to NATO operations and exercises. 

On the 28th of March, the NATO Military Committee will head to the Vaziani Military Base to receive a briefing from the Combat Training Centre and visit the Georgia Defence Readiness Programme, a bilateral programme designed, by the US, to improve Georgian troops’ combat readiness and develop a self-sustaining institutional capacity to man, train and equip their national missions. 

The NATO Military Committee will then proceed to the Joint Training and Evaluation Centre to observe the “NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019”. This joint multinational brigade-level, Command Post exercise aims to further develop the interoperability of Georgian, Allied and Partner Forces, as well as Georgian command and control capabilities.

 

Joint statement of the Group of Friends of Georgia 10 years since the Russian military invasion of Georgia

Published in World
Wednesday, 08 August 2018 13:00

This statement is made on behalf of Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States of America.

We reaffirm our full support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.

Ten years since the Russian military invasion of Georgia, we remain deeply concerned over the continued occupation of Georgian territories and underline the need for the peaceful resolution of the conflict, based on full respect for the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act, and the fundamental norms and principles of international law.

We urge the Russian Federation to reverse its recognition of the so-called independence of Georgia’s Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions.

In the ten years since the August 2008 war, Georgia has made progress in strengthening democracy and good governance, as well as in the process of European and Euro-Atlantic integration and economic development. It is disappointing that these benefits cannot be enjoyed by the residents of Georgia’s Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions. We believe a peaceful resolution of the Russia-Georgia conflict would have a transformative effect not only on Georgia but on the region as a whole.

We support the Geneva International Discussions (GID) as an important format to address the security, human rights, and humanitarian challenges stemming from the unresolved conflict.

Ten years after the establishment of the GID, we regret the lack of progress on the core issues of the discussions, including the non-use of force, establishing international security arrangements in Georgia’s Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions aimed at providing security and stability on the ground, and ensuring the safe and dignified return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) and refugees.

We call upon the Russian Federation to fully implement the EU-mediated 12 August 2008 Ceasefire Agreement, inter alia to withdraw its forces from the occupied territories of Georgia.

We support the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanisms (IPRMs) in Gali and Ergneti and encourage the participants to find proper solutions for the safety and humanitarian needs of the conflict-affected population.

We condemn the conclusion of the so-called integration and alliance treaties by the Russian Federation with Georgia’s Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions, which constitutes a clear violation of the principles of international law by the Russian Federation and directly contradicts OSCE commitments.

We express our deep concern over the increase of Russian military exercises and its further military build-up in Georgia’s Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions.

We condemn the gross violations of rights related to freedom of movement and residence and to property, as well as the restriction of education in one’s native language. We underline that the so-called borderization through placement of artificial obstacles and fortifying the occupation line with barbed and razor wire fences, as well as closures of socalled crossing points, further aggravates the humanitarian situation on the ground.

We condemn the killing of Georgian IDPs Archil Tatunashvili, Giga Otkhozoria, and Davit Basharuli, and urge the Russian Federation, as the state exercising effective control over Abkhazia and South Ossetia, to remove any obstacles to bringing the perpetrators to justice.

In this context, we support preventive steps by Georgia aimed at eradication of the sense of impunity and aggravation of human rights in Georgia’s occupied regions, and we note the adoption of the Decree of the Government of Georgia on approval of the Otkhozoria-Tatunashvili list based on the relevant Resolution of the Parliament of Georgia.

We remain deeply concerned over the ethnic discrimination in Georgia’s Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions and the mass destruction of houses of Georgian IDPs, illustrations of Russia’s purposeful policy aimed at completely erasing the traces of ethnic Georgian population and cultural heritage in the occupied regions.

We support the voluntary return of IDPs and refugees to the places of their origin in safety and dignity.

We call upon the Russian Federation to enable access by international human rights monitoring mechanisms to the occupied territories of Georgia.

We commend the efficient work and contribution of the EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) to prevent the escalation of tensions on the ground and call upon the Russian Federation to allow the EUMM to fully implement its mandate and enable the mission’s access to Georgia’s Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions.

We welcome Georgia’s compliance with the EU-mediated 12 August 2008 Ceasefire Agreement and its unilateral commitment not to use force, and call on the Russian Federation to reciprocate, to affirm and implement a commitment not to use force against Georgia.

We support the new peace initiative of the Government of Georgia, ‘A Step to a Better Future’, aimed at improving the humanitarian and socio-economic conditions of people residing in Georgia’s Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions and fostering people-to-people contact and confidence building between divided communities to the benefit of all people.

We encourage the OSCE’s engagement in the process of finding a peaceful resolution to the Russia-Georgia conflict and support the implementation of confidence-building measures with an aim to rebuild trust and improve the living conditions of the conflict-affected communities.

We regret the closure of the OSCE mission to Georgia in 2009.

We encourage the OSCE participating States to agree on the opening of the OSCE cross-dimensional mission in Georgia for the benefit of the conflict-affected population, including a monitoring capacity able to operate unhindered across the occupation line. The mission will considerably strengthen the OSCE’s engagement in the GID and IPRMs, as well as in implementation of confidence-building measures.

The friends will continue to raise awareness of the conflict and the need for its peaceful resolution.

Joint statement of the Group of Friends of Georgia 10 years since the Russian military invasion of Georgia

US Military Equipment and Military to participate in Noble Partner 2018 already in Georgia

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Monday, 30 July 2018 11:33

US military equipment which was sent from Port of Constanța, Romania to participate in the multinational exercise “Noble Partner 2018” has already shipped to Georgia. US armored vehicles “Stryker”, armored vehicles “Bradley”, M1A2 Abrams tanks and other military equipment have already downloaded in Poti Port, Georgia. The part of the equipment will be transferred to Vaziani by lorry, part of it – itself by marching.   

US military equipment were loaded in Port of Constanța, Romania and launched for Georgia via the Black Sea on July 22. 

Military personnel of II Cavalry Regiment have already arrived to Tbilisi International Airport via air. The part of US soldiers will arrive to Georgia up to July 31 stage by stage.    

The multinational exercise will officially be opened in Vaziani military airfield on August 1. “Noble Partner 2018” is a Georgian Armed Forces and US Army Europe led exercise, which intends to enhance participating nations’ readiness and interoperability.

Georgian Aviation Day marked at Alekseevka Military Airfield

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Thursday, 21 September 2017 11:21

The 25th Jubilee of the Georgian Aviation was marked at the military airfield of Alekseevka Combined Air Squadron. Minister of Defence Levan Izoria, Chief of the General Staff of the GAF Major General Vladimer Chachibaia, Aviation and Air Defence Commander LTC Sergo Ninua, Ministry of Defence representatives and high ranking officers attended the 25th anniversary .

Before beginning the celebrations, Minister laid wreath on the memorial of hero warriors fallen in fights for the territorial integrity of Georgia. A solemn ceremony was opened by the Georgian State Anthem. To honour the memory of the fallen soldiers, the invited guests held a minute of silence.

Defence Minister addressed the military personnel and congratulated them on the 25th anniversary of the formation of Georgian aviation. Minister Levan Izoria focused on the implemented defence reforms and informed the audience about the future plans of modernizing military equipment in cooperation with Georgia`s strategic partners and purchasing unmanned aerial vehicles. 

The MoD leadership awarded the military servicemen with service medals and presents. Minister Levan Izoria granted four military servicemen a 7,62X54 mm sniper rifle and Major General Vladimer Chachibaia awarded two military servicemen with service guns. LTC Sergo Ninua bestowed medal “Devoted to Motherland” on five military for 20 or more years of outstanding military service and II rank medal “For Impeccable Service in Defence System”- on one military serviceman. 

After the event, the military equipment was displayed at the military airfield.

The formation of the Georgian military aviation dates back in August 20 1918, when the first Georgian Military Aviation Unit was formed under the decision of Georgian Parliament. In February of 1921, Georgian military pilots fought vigorously against the Soviet occupation and carried out several successful attacks against the adversary near Tbilisi.

After Georgia regained independence in 1992, Military-Air Force and Air-Defence Division was established which was made into the Main Division in 1993. In spring of 2010, Military Air Force became subordinated to Land Forces. Today, Aviation and Air Defence Command is in the subordination of the General Staff of the GAF.

In the last period of time, the qualification and combat preparation level of engineer-technical personnel and pilots has significantly improved through numerous exercises and trainings on the basis of multi-annual cooperation with NATO and Partner countries. With the help of the allied countries, Georgian military education system was streamlined as result, National Defence Academy and Giorgi Antsukhelidze  NCO Training Centre are preparing aviation officers and sergeants.

Military Police Specialists` Training Course Opened

Published in military
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 10:54

Military Police Specialists` Training Course has opened today. 25 military servicemen will be given the trainings in Joint Army Centre in Krtsanisi for 5 weeks.

The training consists of 3 modules. The 1st module –“Keeping and Using Armament” will provide the participants with a good opportunity to adopt the rules and methods of using weapons at the theoretical and practical levels.

During the 2nd Module-“Tactical Preparation of Military Police”, the course participants will develop Military Police tactic and will familiarize with convoy, security operations and the rules of behavior with captives.

The 3rd Module-“Legal Regulations” will be dedicated to legal and administrative information. The military servicemen will deepen their knowledge in legal issues they will need while performing the service duties.

The training course led y the Military Police Course instructors will finish on July 14.

Defence Minister met with Chairman of NATO Military Committee

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Friday, 03 March 2017 15:52
The ongoing reform process in the field of defence, the progress achieved in defence transformation and the tasks to be implemented in future were the key topics Minister of Defence of Georgia highlighted during the meeting with Chairman of NATO Military Committee General Petr Pavel. In the framework of two-day visit of the NATO MS delegation, General Petr Pavel held the first meeting in Ministry of Defence attended by First Deputy Minister Lela Chikovani, Chief of the GS of the GAF Brigadier General Vladimer Chachibaia and Head of the Georgian Mission to NATO Aleksandre Maisuradze. Security situation and challenges faced by Georgia, its engagement in the context of Black Sea security were focused on during discussions. As Defence Minister underlined, Georgia is the most interoperable and reliable partner of NATO in the region providing a significant contribution to the Euro-Atlantic and international security operations. The sides also stressed importance of NATO-Georgia cooperation mechanisms and Substantial NATO-Georgia Package implementation. Minister Levan Izoria thanked NATO MS Chairman for significant practical assistance provided by NATO nations promoting enhancement of defence capabilities of the GAF and NATO interoperability According to Minister, senior military authority of NATO conducted the meeting in Georgia for the second time in Georgia`s history which is a visible demonstration for its unwavering support towards Georgia`s sovereignty, territorial integrity and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. The meeting with General Petr Pavel and senior NATO military representatives continued in an extended format. After the meeting, Minister and Chairman of NATO Military Committee held a press-conference with media representatives and answered the questions around NATO-Georgia cooperation and future plans of partnership.

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