US ship Hamilton makes port call in Georgian Black Sea

  • Hamilton is the first US Coast Guard Cutter to visit the Black Sea since 2008. Photo: US Naval Forces Europe-Africa/Twitter, 4 May 2021 - 22:03, Tbilisi,Georgia

United States Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton has made a port call in the Georgian Black Sea town of Batumi.

Prior to arrival in the port, Hamilton operated at sea with the Georgia coast guard, US Naval Forces Europe-Africa has reported. While in port, the two coast guards continue ‘to build upon the relationship they forged at sea’.

Captain Timothy Cronin, commanding officer of USCGC Hamilton (WMSL 753) said ‘it was an honour for Hamilton and her crew to visit Batumi’.

The Georgians welcomed us with open arms and we are grateful for their friendship. The US Coast Guard looks forward to more opportunities where we can work with the Georgian coast guard and our Black Sea partners to advance the rule of law on the sea”, he said.

The US coast guard is conducting a routine deployment in the US Sixth Fleet area, working alongside the allies, building maritime domain awareness and sharing best practices with partner nation navies and coast guards. 

The Georgian Interior Ministry welcomed US Hamilton in Batumi:

This port marks the cutter’s third stop while conducting operations in US Sixth Fleet, following Rota, Spain and Naples, Italy.

The US coast guard remains operational during Covid-19, following all Covid-19 safety precautions and regulation.