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TBILISI -- A U.S. frigate has arrived in Georgia's territorial waters to take part in joint Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) exercises with the Georgian Coast Guard, a Georgian official said on Wednesday.
USS John L. Hall, an Oliver Perry class guided missile frigate, docked on Wednesday in the port of Poti, some 50 km (31 miles) from the border with the former Georgian republic of Abkhazia.
The frigate will visit Batumi, another Georgian port on the Black Sea coast, on April 16 and leave Georgia's territorial waters on April 19.
An international task force of the Black Sea naval group completed on Friday the first stage of Blackseafor naval drills.
Blackseafor was formally established in 2001 on Turkey's initiative and comprises Turkey, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Romania, Georgia and Russia. It conducts search and rescue operations and environmental monitoring, and organizes goodwill visits to Black Sea countries.
In the next stages, the Blackseafor warships will practice tactical maneuvers, the conduct of combat operations against surface ships, air defense and communications, assistance to ships in distress, and ship inspection.
Georgian warships have not participated in the Blackseafor exercises for a number of years. Russia has said it will not take part in any naval exercises involving Georgian warships.
MOSCOW, April 16 (Itar-Tass) -- The navies of Russia and Ukraine resume the practice of joint exercises in the Black Sea.
Russian-Ukrainian naval exercises, first after seven years, will be held in Sevastopol from June 22 to 25.
The second planning conference on Fairway of Peace 2010 command and staff exercises discussed the preparation. The meeting was held in accordance with the plan for international cooperation between the Russian and Ukrainian defence ministries, a source from the Russian Black Sea Fleet information group told Itar-Tass.
Working groups of the Russian Black Sea Fleet and the Ukrainian Navy participated in the conference, which concluded its work in Sevastopol on Thursday.