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Noble Partner 2017 drills in Georgia grander than before, - the Defence Mister
09:49, 30 July 2017
Noble Partner 2017 drills in Georgia grander than before, - the Defence Mister

About 2,800 military personnel and almost 500 units of military equipment, including American tanks Abram, M2 Bradley, ICVs Stryker

09:49, 30 July 2017

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The joint drills Noble Partner 2017 in Georgia this year will be grander in both the countries participating and the amount of military equipment used, as Georgia’s Minister of Defence Levan Izoria told Interfax.

“If in 2015 only to countries participated – the USA and Georgia, and in 2016 the UK joined in, now the drills will be considerably grander, as five NATO countries and three allies are participating,” Izoria told.

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He emphasized that about 2,800 military personnel and almost 500 units of military equipment, including American tanks Abram, M2 Bradley, ICVs Stryker.

Izoria also added that airborne operations will also be practiced. He emphasized that Vice-President of the US Mike Pence is coming to Georgia on July 31 to personally see the drills.

“It’s acknowledging that Georgia is a worthy partner to the US and NATO,” he believes.

As it was reported earlier, the Ukrainian marines left for the Noble Partner drills on July 28.

Related: Ukraine hosts international naval drills in Black Sea

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