“NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019” will take place at the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Center, Krtsanisi National Training Centre, on 18-29 March. The brigade-level exercise is scheduled by NATO Allied Command Transformation, conducted by the Georgian General Staff with the mentoring of NATO Land Command, reported NATO.
The aim of the exercise is to improve interoperability between NATO and Georgia and educate the Georgian Defence Forces about NATO standards for collective training and exercise. This will be a computer-assisted exercise with a non-Article 5 scenario.
The military drill will be comprised of around 350 personnel from 25 Allied Member States and partner countries: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States; Azerbaijan, Finland, Georgia and Sweden.
International humanitarian organisations, such as International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO, observer) will take place as well.
This is the second NATO-Georgia exercise to take place under the framework of Substantial NATO-Georgia Package (SNGP).
The first NATO-Georgia exercise was conducted in 2016 involving NATO Allied and Partner Nations.