US-Georgia-led multinational exercise Noble Partner 18 concludes

20 August 2018 (Last Updated August 20th, 2018 14:28)

A cooperatively led multinational training exercise Noble Partner 2018 has concluded at the Vaziani Training Area in Georgia.

US-Georgia-led multinational exercise Noble Partner 18 concludes
An AH-64 Apache helicopter flies over Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, during a combined live-fire exercise. Credit: Sgt Kris Bonet.

A cooperatively led multinational training exercise Noble Partner 2018 has concluded at the Vaziani Training Area in Georgia.

Noble Partner 18 is the fourth iteration of the exercise and was carried out under the leadership of the Georgian Armed Forces and the US Army Europe.

The 13-nation military exercise supported the training of the Georgian Armed Forces’ mechanised and Special Operation Forces, the US Regionally Aligned Forces, the US Army and Air National Guard from the state of Georgia, and 11 other participating nations.

In addition to Georgia and the US, other participating countries included the UK, Germany, France, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Norway, Turkey, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Armenia.

During the training exercise, participants carried out reception staging and onward movement (RSOM) and reverse RSOM.

“The relationship between the US and the Georgians has been made much stronger at the tactical level.”

Noble Partner also involved a tactical road march conducted by the US Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment, in addition to combined urban operations, air assaults and combined live-fire exercises in areas close to Vaziani and Camp Norio Training Areas.

US Army 3rd Squadron 2nd Cavalry Regiment commander lieutenant colonel Andrew Gallo said: “We were able to design some very challenging and complex live fires which pushed our soldiers to make decisions under pressure in an environment in which we were reliant in our Georgian partners.

“The relationship between the US and the Georgians has been made much stronger at the tactical level.”

Noble Partner 2018 was designed to enhance skills in stability, defensive and offensive operations, improve interoperability between the armed forces of participating nations, and strengthen the security of the Black Sea region.

The fifth iteration of the exercise is slated to be conducted in 2020.