U.S. Coast Guard transfers two patrol boats to Georgian Coast Guard (September 30)
DCM Nicholas Berliner attended the patrol boat transfer and signing ceremony for two 110′ island class patrol boats from the U.S. Coast Guard to the Georgian Coast Guard September 30 in Baltimore, Maryland. The U.S. Coast Guard patrol boats will provide modern capabilities for the Georgian Coast Guard and will greatly improve its operational effectiveness, making Georgia a stronger bulwark against regional and transnational threats. The enhanced capabilities these modern boats offer will significantly reduce the response time it takes for the Georgian Coast Guard to investigate and interdict the potential transport of illicit goods, the smuggling of weapons of mass destruction components, or other illegal activities being carried out in the surrounding waters. The Georgian Coast Guard plays a key role in the maritime security of the Black Sea, and its strengthened capacities are of great importance to regional safety and security.