Agile Spirit 2021: multinational military exercise to host 2,500 NATO allied, partner troops in Georgia

  • Of the military personnel, about 700 are U.S. service members, around 1,600 are Georgian personnel, and approximately 250 are from other participating nations. Photo: Georgian Defence Ministry press office, 21 Jul 2021 - 16:06, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia will host the Agile Spirit 2021 multinational exercise next week involving 2,500 troops from 15 NATO allied and partner countries in Georgia between July 26 and August 6.

Agile Spirit is a Georgian Defence Forces and US Army Europe and Africa cooperatively-led, joint multinational brigade-level exercise, incorporating a simulated command post exercise, field training, and joint multinational, battalion-level combined arms live-fire exercises. 

This will be the 10th Agile Spirit exercise, which initially was an annual US Marine Forces Europe exercise between US and the Georgian military forces, but in 2018 transformed into a biennial US Army Europe and Africa exercise, part of US European Command’s Joint Exercise Program.

Two major objectives have stayed consistent throughout each iteration - increasing interoperability among participating nation militaries and strengthening regional security cooperation”, the US Army Europe and Africa says. 

Georgia-produced Didgori 1 and Didgori Medevac military vehicles will take part in the multinational exercise for the first time.

The defence ministry has announced that the movement will be temporarily restricted tomorrow at Senaki-Leselidze and Khashuri-Akhaltsikhe-Vale motorway as the vehicles will be driving from Senaki to Orpholo.

Agile Spirit 2021 enhances US, Georgian, allied and regional partner forces’ readiness and interoperability in a realistic training environment.

The exercise will take place in five training locations in Georgia: 

  1. Vaziani Training Area
  2. Vaziani Military Airport
  3. Orpholo Training Area
  4. Senaki Air Base
  5. Sorta/Eki training area

This year is the first time where a combined multinational airborne operation with participation from Georgia, United Kingdom, and Poland will occur. 

For the first time Special Operation Forces from Georgia, United States, United Kingdom, Romania and Poland will perform combined operations at Sorta Training area, Georgia.