Noble Partner: defence exercise to involve more nations, troops in Georgia

  • Georgian and US commanders will oversee the 2018 exercise. Photo: Georgia’s Defence Ministry press office., 23 Jul 2018 - 15:58, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia is set to host this year’s Noble Partner multinational defence exercise with thousands of personnel and an increased quantity of hardware from over a dozen participating nations.

Over two weeks, more than 3,000 troops will train in command and field drills under the leadership of the Georgian Armed Forces and United States Army Europe.

Marking the fourth time Georgia hosts the exercise, service members from 13 NATO and allied countries will be involved in its increased scope.

Beside units from the host country the drills will involve troops from the US, the United Kingdom, Germany, Estonia, France, Lithuania, Poland, Norway, Turkey, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Armenia.

The Ministry of Defence of Georgia said Noble Partner would also feature increased aircraft numbers from the US forces and armoured vehicles from the German units.

Involving both staff-level work and field exercises, the drills will train participants in live fire, maneuvering and combat support element in defensive and offensive operations.

An armoured element in action during the 2017 Noble Partner in Vaziani. Photo: Georgia’s Defence Ministry press office.

Georgia’s Defence Ministry says the multinational event aims to increase interoperability and combat readiness between Georgian and allied troops, develop combat capabilities and contribute to security in the Black Sea region.

Last year’s Noble Partner saw over 2,800 service members from eight participating nations cooperate at the Vaziani training ground.

It followed similar exercises in eastern Europe including Saber Guardian in Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary and Sea Breeze in Ukraine.