Zurab Pataradze participates in the Welcome Ceremony of NATO Navy Vessels

NATO’s standing second mine crane vessel REGELE FERDINAND and a vessel sailing under the Turkish flag of the NATO naval base have entered Batumi Port today. Zurab Pataradze, the Chairman of Ajara AR Government; Georgei Ermakov, Mayor of Batumi; Temur Kvantaliani, Head of Coast Guard Department; Desislava Ivanova, Ambassador of Bulgaria to Georgia and representatives of coast guard department attended the official reception ceremony.

The anthems of the NATO and the Republic of Georgia were performed within the reception ceremony. Georgian folklore was also performed.

NATO’s standing second mine crane vessel is visiting Georgia for the second time. They will stay in Batumi port until November 6 and will participate in joint training exercises organized by the Georgian side.

Visit is a clear evidence of successful cooperation between NATO and Georgia. It aims at increasing interoperability of Georgia, alliance and maritime forces of the partner countries.

NATO’s standing second mine crane vessel (SNMCMG2) is implementing operation ‘Sea Guard’ in the water of the Mediterranean sea and promotes the safety of international traffic on the sea. It is also a naval component of NATO Response Force (NRF).

The Ministry of Internal Affairs participates in the operation "Active Efforts" on the basis of a tactical memorandum. Representative of the Coast Guard Department of the Internal Affairs Ministry has been sent to the NATO Naval Command, as a liaison officer since 2014, that facilitates successful implementation of the operation.


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