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’.
TODAY: @USCG #Hamilton pulled into #Batumi ???????? #Georgia to meet with #Georgian Coast Guard, @ModGovGe & @usingeo officials.— U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet (@USNavyEurope) May 4, 2021
The two ???????????????? Coast Guards have been operating together in the #BlackSea the past few days working on a series of exercises & drills! pic.twitter.com/nHqVOhakki
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:
#USCGCHAMILTON has entered the #Batumi Port.— MIA of Georgia (@MIAofGeorgia) May 4, 2021
The ship's visit serves to strengthen the security cooperation between ???????? & ????????, promote regional peace and stability, and emphasize the importance of the #BlackSea for Euro-Atlantic security.https://t.co/UhBThAWU8D pic.twitter.com/tqP6T5iwb2
This port marks the cutter’s third stop while conducting operations in US Sixth Fleet, following Rota, Spain and Naples, Italy.
???????? welcomes #USCGCHamilton to Batumi, the first @USCG cutter in the #BlackSea since 2008. Conducting Maritime exercises with @MIAofGeorgia, will increase interoperability and enhance maritime cooperation between ????????& ????????.— MFA of Georgia (@MFAgovge) May 4, 2021
#strongertogether @usingeo @US_EUCOM
The US coast guard remains operational during Covid-19, following all Covid-19 safety precautions and regulation.