NATO Noble Partner 2018 military drills kicking off in Georgia

12:02, 01 August 2018
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According to the Georgian Defense Ministry, about 3,000 soldiers from 13 countries will take part in them, DW's Ukrainian Service reports.

In particular, troops from Georgia, the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Estonia, France, Lithuania, Poland, Norway, Turkey, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Armenia will take part in the Noble Partner 2018 drills, which will last until August 15.

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Earlier, the United States transported military equipment from Europe to Georgia for training, including Stryker armored fighting vehicles, Bradley infantry fighting vehicles and five M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks. The hardware was delivered by sea from the port of Constanta in Romania to the Georgian port of Poti.

U.S. military helicopters, namely Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopters and Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters, will also be involved in the exercises. A total of 1,170 U.S. troops will participate in the drills, including the personnel of the U.S. Army 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Europe, who arrived in Georgia by air.

It is noted about 1,300 servicemen of the armed forces of Georgia and 500 servicemen from other countries will also take part in the exercises. In total, about 140 units of military equipment are planned to be involved.

Georgia will host the Noble Partner multinational exercise for the fourth time.

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