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U.S., Georgia Conduct Naval Exercises

Georgian and U.S. naval forces have conducted exercises off Georgia's coast near Batumi.

The "U.S.S. Bulkeley," an American destroyer that arrived at Batumi's port on August 10, participated along with two ships from Georgia's Coast Guard.

The vessels took part in simulated security operations, including measures to stop trespassing vessels.

Georgian firefighters also practiced extinguishing a simulated blaze onboard the U.S. ship.

On August 11, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili attended a reception aboard the U.S. ship. The rival politicians used the occasion to make disparaging comments about the other.

The "U.S.S. Bulkeley" is scheduled to leave Georgian territorial waters on August 13 after the exercises are completed.

Based on reporting by Interfax,, and Voice of Russia