NATO fleet visits Georgia’s Black Sea port

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Four NATO ships made a port call in Batumi on Georgia’s Black Sea coast on Friday, the Interior Ministry of Georgia said.

The maritime group, which includes the Romanian frigate Regele Ferdinand, Bulgarian BGC Shkval and Turkish TCG Edremit, is led by Vice Admiral Herve Blejean, Deputy Commander of the Allied Maritime Command, said the ministry in a statement.

The vessels will stay at Batumi port until Nov. 6, and their crews will take part in joint exercises organized by the Georgian side, said the ministry, adding that the port call is “a clear message of support for Georgia.”

This is the third visit of NATO fleet to Georgia: three vessels made a port call in Batumi in 2013 and four in 2016.

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