DSACEUR, General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, spoke with Georgian soldiers during their final preparations for the RESOLUTE SUPPORT mission in Afghanistan, while at the Krtsanisi training area in Georgia on June 25, 2015.
25 JUN 2015
Tbilisi, Georgia – Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR) General Sir Adrian Bradshaw visited Georgian troops preparing for an upcoming deployment to NATO’s RESOLUTE SUPPORT mission in Afghanistan on June 25, during an official visit to the country. General Bradshaw also met with Major-General Vakhtang Kapanadze, Chief of General Staff of Georgia’s Armed Forces and discussed a host of topics including Georgian participation in Alliance operations and the NATO Response Force.
General Bradshaw highlighted the enduring partnership between NATO and Georgia during his visit and maintained that it has been beneficial to both parties.
“Georgia is second only to the United States in terms of its commitment to the RESOLUTE SUPPORT mission, which speaks volumes about the capability and interoperability of the Georgian Armed Forces,” said General Bradshaw. “Over the past 23 years NATO has assisted Georgia with capacity building and military education and training. Based on what I have seen today, our strong partnership continues to pay dividends,” he said.
General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, DSACEUR, speaks with Major-General Vakhtang Kapanadze, Chief of
General Staff of Georgian Armed Forces, during an official visit to Tbilisi, Georgia, on June 25, 2015.
The partnership between NATO and Georgia started in 1992, shortly after Georgia gained independence from the former Soviet Union. Georgia currently has over 850 troops serving on the RESOLUTE SUPPORT mission in Afghanistan, many of whom conduct force protection and quick response force duties in support of Alliance efforts in the country.
General Bradshaw acknowledged the victims of the recent tragic flooding in the capital Tbilisi and expressed condolences to the family of Corporal Ramaz Davitaia, who recently died of wounds he suffered in Afghanistan in 2012. Corporal Davitaia was Georgia’s 30th military casualty resulting from operations in Afghanistan.
DSACEUR also noted that he recently certified a Georgian infantry battalion for service with the NATO Response Force.
“This is the first ever Georgian unit to achieve certification status with the NATO Response Force, and is another significant achievement for your armed forces,” said General Bradshaw. “It is a further testament to what NATO and Georgia can achieve together,” he added.
“NATO firmly supports Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders,” said General Bradshaw. Our relationship is rock-solid, and we are committed to enhancing our partnership together,” he added.
L. J. De Rothschild