Home Office celebrates Coastguard Day and partner status in NATO-led Operation Sea Guardian

Georgia’s Interior Ministry marked the annual Coast Guard Day on Saturday by handing out awards to service members for their “outstanding service”, while celebrating the country being granted partner status by NATO for the operation alliance’s Sea Guardian maritime security system.

The Georgian Coast Guard Service, which falls under the Ministry’s Border Police, celebrated its 24th anniversary, with Major General Nikoloz Sharadze, Head of Border Police, and Ramaz Papidze, Director of the Coast Guard Department , joined by representatives of municipal authorities and other officials at the ceremony held in the port city of Poti on the Black Sea.

Photo: Ministry of the Interior/Facebook.

Sharadze congratulated the military on their professional day and highlighted their “important role” in ensuring the country’s maritime security, as well as their commitments to international maritime initiatives.

Sharadze also honored 16 Coast Guard officials for their “outstanding service” and laid a wreath at the memorial to servicemen who died in the line of duty during the August 2008 war between Russia and Georgia.

Photo: Ministry of the Interior/Facebook.

Addressing Coast Guard professionals, he also highlighted the “significant progress” the country has made in recent years, including successfully completing the four stages of the operational capability concept evaluation and feedback program. NATO by the Georgian Coast Guard Law Enforcement Tactical Sub-Program. divisions, which culminated in the alliance granting the country operational partner status in Operation Sea Guardian.

Launched in 2016, the operation aims to “strengthen maritime security capabilities, […] support for maritime situational awareness and the fight against maritime terrorism”, as well as being able to be used to “maintain freedom of navigation, conduct maritime interdictions, combat the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and protect infrastructures criticism,” NATO said. .

Betty K. Park