Royal Navy's HMS Defender in drills with Georgian coast guard

The HMS Defender, as seen on the left from onboard the Georgian coast guard boat Sokhumi. Photo via Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia., 01 Jul 2021 - 16:09, Tbilisi,Georgia

Vessels from two nations have been involved in surface manoeuvres in the Georgian territorial waters this week, as the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Defender was joined by Georgian coast guard for drills.

Practising a range of activities ranging from monitoring civilian ship movements to identifying and questioning a crew of a suspect vessel and towing a damaged ship, the British surface navy destroyer and the Georgian coast guard boat Sokhumi followed the arrival of the former at the Black Sea port of Batumi last week.

The Georgian interior ministry - under which the coast guard department operates - said the manoeuvres served to share experience, develop local capabilities and hone the skills of joint operation.