The Georgian Defence Forces (GDF) and US Army Europe have started a biennial multinational military exercise known as Agile Spirit.

Hosted by Georgia, Agile Spirit 19 involves 3,300 military personnel from 14 ally and partner nations.

This year’s exercise will be held at Orpholo Training Area, Senaki Air Base, and Vaziani Training Area.

Agile Spirit 19 is designed to enable multinational and joint forces to synchronise and improve readiness for regional security threats and worldwide contingency operations.

The exercise is intended to bolster security in the Black Sea region and enhance interoperability among the participating nations.

In addition to Georgia and the US, other participating countries include the UK, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Norway, Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine.

In a statement, the Ministry of Defence of Georgia said: “Agile Spirit 2019 is aimed to enhance interoperability, train and improve operational capabilities of exercise participants during planning and execution of operations in real-time within multinational environment, as well as making contribution in maintaining stable and secure environment over the Black Sea region.”

Agile Spirit 19 will run until 9 August. During the course of the exercise, soldiers will take part in command, staff and field training.

Scenarios will include live fire, engagement of manoeuvre and combat support elements in defensive and offensive operations.

US Army Europe 178th Military Police Company military police officer sergeant Ryan Krohn said: “What our nations get from each other is a huge learning experience that expands from warrior to warrior, Soldier to Soldier, all the way across branches and to different militaries.

“Not only do we learn a healthy respect for each other, we learn to respect each other’s cultures, and we learn to respect each other’s military service.”