The United States military and Georgia defence forces are prepared to begin the two-week Agile Spirit exercise next week at several of Georgia’s military training locations and facilities, according to the United States military. On Tuesday, the Army Europe and Africa released a statement.
This year, Agile Spirit kicks off July 26 with an opening ceremony at Senaki Air Force Base, running through August 6 with a closing ceremony at the Orpholo Training Area, all in Georgia, U.S. officials said in a press release.
The exercise will include 700 U.S. military personnel and 1,600 Georgian troops, with another 250 troops from other participating nations.
“The brigade-level exercise will incorporate a simulated command post exercise, field training, and joint multinational, battalion-level combined arms live-fire exercises,” U.S. Army Europe and Africa officials said in the press release.
“Agile Spirit 2021 enhances U.S., Georgian, allied and regional partner forces’ readiness and interoperability in a realistic training environment,” officials said.
Fourteen other nations will join the United States and Georgian forces including Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Canada, Italy and Azerbaijan.
“U.S. and Georgian forces are proud to serve side-by-side in the NATO Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan and around the world,” a joint statement released by the two nations said.
The United States is one of the units participating in the drills. 21st Theater Sustainment Command, 7th Army Training Command, 173rd Airborne Brigade, 1st Infantry Division Combat Aviation Brigade, Georgia Army National Guard, and U.S. Army Europe and Africa Europe’s Special Operations Command.
Furthermore, the United States of America Air Forces in Europe, Africa, and the United States The Naval Forces Europe-Africa will participate.
The exercise began as an annual event in 2011, but since 2018, it has been held every other year.