Inside Ministry marks Coast Guard Day, associate standing for NATO-led Sea Guardian operation

July 24, 2022 GENERAL

Georgian Ministry of Inside Affairs on Saturday marked the annual Coast Guard Day by handing out awards to servicemembers for his or her “distinctive service”, whereas additionally celebrating the granting of associate standing to the nation by NATO for the alliance’s Sea Guardian maritime safety operation.

The Georgian Coast Guard service, which operates below the Ministry’s Border Police pressure, celebrated its twenty fourth anniversary, with Main Basic Nikoloz Sharadze, the Head of the Border Police, and Ramaz Papidze, the Director of the Coast Guard Division, joined by representatives of native municipal authorities and different officers within the ceremony hosted within the Black Sea port metropolis of Poti.

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Sharadze congratulated servicemembers on their skilled day and highlighted their “vital function” in guaranteeing maritime safety of the nation, in addition to its commitments in help of worldwide maritime initiatives.

Sharadze additionally rewarded 16 representatives of the Coast Guard for his or her “distinctive service”, and laid a wreath on the memorial of the servicemembers who died within the line of obligation within the 2008 August conflict between Russia and Georgia.

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In remarks to Coast Guard professionals, he additionally pressured the “vital progress” made by the nation lately, together with the profitable accomplishment of all 4 levels of NATO Operational Functionality Idea Analysis and Suggestions Programme by the Georgian Coast Guard regulation enforcement tactical sub-divisions, which have resulted in alliance granting the nation Operational Associate Standing to the Sea Guardian operation.

Launched in 2016, the operation is aimed toward “maritime safety capability constructing, […] help to maritime situational consciousness and to maritime counter-terrorism”, in addition to with the ability to be used to “uphold freedom of navigation, conduct maritime interdiction, struggle the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and defend important infrastructure”, NATO has stated.