International training Maple Arch 2021 is over

Georgia hosted the Maple Arch 2021 Command and Staff Exercise for the first time this year. The Minister of Defense of Georgia Juansher Burchuladze and the Commander of the Defense Forces, Major General Giorgi Matiashvili congratulated the participants on the successful completion of the international exercise. In his address, the Minister of Defense stressed the importance of multinational exercises in the process of increasing interoperability with NATO. He thanked all the organizers of the exercise, especially the Canadian Ministry of Defense, which mentored the exercise.

The final part of the two-week training at the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Assessment Center (JTEC) was attended by high-ranking military officials from Canada and other participating countries. They visited different training locations….

The aim of the training was to increase interoperability between participating countries, to strengthen defense ties between partner countries, to bring them closer to NATO standards….

The international exercise was organized by the Canadian Ministry of Defense, under the auspices of the Directorate of Military Exercise Cooperation, and was led by the Eastern Command of the Georgian Defense Forces. Georgian instructors were involved in MAPLE ARCH 21 together with Canadian instructors. Canadian, Georgian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian and Polish servicemen participated in the exercise.

MAPLE ARCH is an annual multinational exercise hosted by different countries on a rotating basis. Georgian Defense Forces participated in the mentioned exercises for the first time in 2018 with the battalion level headquarters.