Noble Partner 2020 Officially begins on 7 September

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The FINANCIAL — Noble Partner is a cooperatively-led multinational training exercise in its fifth iteration. It is aimed to enhance Georgian, U.S. and partner forces readiness and interoperability and to also contribute in maintaining stable, secure environment over the Black Sea region. U.S. and Georgia-led fifth Noble Partner international military exercise will be held south-east of Tbilisi from September 7 to September 18, 2020.

In February of 2020, it was announced that, Georgia would host the Multinational Military Exercise Noble Partner for the fifth time. Main Planning Conference had officially opened on 3 February and aimed at planning events for the conduct of the training. The Noble Partner which consists of field and staff components, covered cybersecurity and information operations. Strength through Partnership was the main message conveyed by the Noble Partner 2020. The objective of the military exercise was to improve the combat readiness and interoperability between the military forces of Georgia, U.S and partner nations and maintaining stable and secure environment in the Black Sea Region.

Today, September 7, is the official opening of the Joint Exercise “Noble Partner 2020.” Noble Partner 20 is an exercise cooperatively led by the Georgian Defense Force and U.S. Army Europe and hosted at Georgia’s Vaziani and Camp Norio training areas. Noble Partner is designed to enhance regional partnerships and increase U.S. force readiness and interoperability in a realistic, multinational training environment. Participants will conduct situational training exercises, live-fire exercises, and combined mechanized maneuvers. Exercises like Noble Partner 20 continue to demonstrate U.S. commitment to stability and security in the region and show that NATO allies and partners stand stronger together.

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The Noble Partner 2020 exercises demonstrate how allied forces continue to work and train together even during the conditions of the coronavirus pandemic, says the US Embassy. The embassy notes that a motorcade of US army troops passed through the city of Gori, “which maintains strategic importance due to its location on the principle highway connecting the eastern and western parts of Georgia.” The Noble Partner 2020 is an annual, multinational military exercise. Over 2,700 military personnel from Georgia, Poland, Great Britain and the United States will take part in it, according to local media

Minister of Defense Irakli Gharibashvili made a statement at the opening ceremony of Noble Partner 2020. He said that the continuity of Noble Partner amid current invisible challenge in the world once again shows our joint readiness to continue to uphold common values despite obstacles. He thanked participant countries – the US, France, the Great Britain, Poland and pointed out that since the restoration of state independence of Georgia, the US has spent more than 4 billion dollars for the development of the country. Moreover, they have spent tens of millions of dollars for the development of the Georgian Defense Forces over the years. “Strength through Partnership” is the main message of our exercise, striving for a strong partnership is the spirit that has united more than 2,700 military personnel despite the global pandemic.“ aded the Minister.

U.S. participation will include elements from 2nd Cavalry Regiment, 18th Military Police Brigade, 173rd Airborne Brigade, 12th and 101st Combat Aviation Brigades, 148th Brigade Support Battalion, 177th Brigade Engineer Battalion (Georgia National Guard), 7th Army Training Command, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, 409th Contracting Support Brigade, 598th Transportation Brigade, 37th Airlift Squadron, 52nd Expeditionary Operations Group Detachment 2, 118th Wing (Tennessee Air National Guard), and 165th Air Support Operations Squadron (Georgia Air National Guard), according to Georgian Public Broadcasting. 

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The main message of the Noble Partner is – “Strength through Partnership”.  The scenario of the combined multinational exercise includes command, staff and field training with live fire, engagement of maneuver and combat support elements in stability, defensive and offensive operations.

In July of 2020, The US Government through the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) donated All-Terrain- Vehicles to the MoIA Border Police of Georgia. The donation aims to enhance Border Management and Protection Capabilities. Under the framework of the DTRA support projects, the Georgian Border Guards will be acquainted with operational capabilities of ATVs and their maintenance through the trainings. DTRA supports several U.S. Embassy Tbilisi objectives such as Euro-Atlantic Integration. Read more.

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