Agile Spirit Drills Will Include Naval Exercises
By Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Tuesday, December 26Georgia’s Defence Minister Levan Izoria has met American General, head of the US Marine Corps Robert Neller, where the two said the Agile Spirit multinational exercises in Georgia may also cover naval drills.
During the meeting in Tbilisi yesterday Izoria highlighted the importance of the US support to Georgia and stated the US Marine Corps played a key role in training Georgian soldiers for the NATO peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan.
The officials spoke about the importance of joint military trainings. It was said that the Agile Spirit multinational drills held in Georgia may also involve naval exercises.
The Agile Spirit drills were first held in a bilateral format between the Georgian Armed Forces and US military in 2011.
This year, the exercise has involved service members from Georgia, the United States (US), Bulgaria, Latvia, Romania, Ukraine and Armenia.
Led by the General Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces (GAF) and US Marine Corps, the Agile Spirit drills aim to train and improve interoperability among participants, to support regional security and improve operational skills.
The drills are much disliked by Russian authorities, who claim the exercise creates threats to the regional stability.