NATO Maritime Commander in Georgia to Talk About Maritime Security
TBILISI, Georgia - NATO Maritime Command (MARCOM) Commander, Vice Admiral Sir Clive C. C. Johnstone, KBE CB of the Royal Navy, visited Tbilisi, Georgia February 27-28 for talks with key maritime leadership and discussions about maritime security in the Black Sea.
Vice Admiral Johnstone met with the Minister of Internal Affairs and the Head of the Border Police and Chief of the Coast Guard during a visit to the Georgian capital Tbilisi. The officials spoke about the concrete steps taken so far at the operational and tactical level that have increased interoperability between NATO and Georgian maritime forces.
"The Black Sea is a pivotal and important part of the NATO area of responsibility. Georgia is a fantastic partner in maintaining a steady calmness in and enhancing prosperity in the region,” said Vice Admiral Johnstone. "My visit has been very productive as I have been able to talk to many experts here to better understand what is really going on in the Black Sea and Georgia’s contribution to Black Sea security.”
In addition to these discussions, Vice Admiral Johnstone gave a lecture on MARCOM’s Role in NATO and Maritime Presence followed by a panel discussion which also included the Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Tbilisi, Ms. Rosaria Puglisi, the Head of the Georgian Border Police Mr. Temur Kekelidze and the Polish Ambassador, H.E. Mariusz Maszkiewicz, whose embassy is currently serving as the Contact Point Embassy for NATO in Georgia.
Three Allied nations and two NATO Partner nations border the Black Sea making cooperation, security and stability of keen interest to NATO. To support this goal, the standing naval forces of the Alliance have increased their presence in the Black Sea, having spent 120 days there in 2018 increasing from 80 days in 2017.