It was the first exercise where Georgia’s general staff led a multi-national crisis response exercise; the first time that NATO planning and procedures were followed from start to finish; and, the first NATO-Georgia exercise in a regular NATO training cycle which will evolve to regularly engage NATO Allies, Partners and Georgian Armed Forces.
NATO-Georgia Exercise 2016 is the second NATO-Georgia exercise to be held in Georgia through the framework of the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package - a series of 13 defence capacity building measures agreed between Georgia and NATO at the Wales Summit in 2014, and strengthened at the Warsaw Summit in 2016.
The net result of this exercise and the regular NATO-Georgia training cycle is a Georgian Armed Forces that has effective interaction with higher NATO headquarters and improved command and control capabilities within a NATO command structure.
Thirteen Allied Member States and partners provided officers including Turkey, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Belgium, Slovenia, United Kingdom, United States, and Partner nations Ukraine and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*.
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* Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.