Between March 18 and 29 “NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019” is taking place at the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Center, Krtsanisi National Training Centre, near Tbilisi, Georgia. The Exercise was officially opened at the Georgian Ministry of Defence "Army Hall" in Tbilisi on March 18.
NATO-GEO EX19 is an important exercise for Georgia and a significant milestone in strengthening NATO-Georgia military-political cooperation.
It is the second NATO-Georgia joint multinational brigade-level, Computer Assisted, Command Post exercise, where for the first time the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Center acts as the Officer Directing the Exercise and the Georgian General Staff has Officer Conducting the Exercise status.
The exercise is further developing the interoperability of Georgian, Allied and Partner Forces, as well as Georgian command and control capabilities. It is also testing 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.
This is the second NATO-Georgia exercise to take place under the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package framework - a series of 15 defence capacity building measures agreed between Georgia and NATO at the Wales Summit in 2014 and intensified at the NATO Warsaw Summit in 2016. The first NATO-Georgia exercise was conducted in 2016 involving NATO Allied and Partner Nations.
The brigade-level exercise is scheduled by NATO Allied Command Transformation, conducted by the Georgian General Staff with the mentoring of NATO Land Command, and directed by the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Center mentored by NATO Joint Force Training Centre.
The exercise will be comprised of around 350 personnel from 24 Allied Member States and partner countries: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States; Azerbaijan, Georgia and Sweden.
Humanitarian bodies like the inter-governmental organizations International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) will also be present during the exercise providing direct feedback and mentorship to exercise participants.
- March 18 - Opening Ceremony. Location: Georgia Ministry of Defence Army Hall, Tbilisi, Georgia.
- March 28 - Distinguished visitors and Media day to include press conference and brief tour of exercise activities, beginning at 11:00 AM. Location: NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Center, Krtsanisi National Training Centre, near Tbilisi, Georgia.
A Media Information Centre (MIC) will operate at the exercise location from 18 to 29 March. It will be able to respond to media inquiries.
Media representatives interested in covering the above-mentioned events should apply for accreditation at the Ministry of Defense of Georgia starting from March 11 and ending on March 17 at 13:00 local time. Separate accreditation cards will be issued before the event.
Name - Media organization - Position - Mobile phone number - E-mail - ID number
For additional information please contact:
Strategic Communications & Media Relations Department, Ministry of Defence of Georgia