By PA3 Sydney Phoenix
The Legend-class national security cutter USCGC Hamilton (WMSL 753) arrived in Batumi, Georgia for engagements with Georgian coast guard leadership and local Georgia representatives, May 4, 2021.
Prior to arrival in port, Hamilton operated at sea with the Georgia Coast guard. While in port, the two coast guards will continue to build upon the relationship they forged at sea.
Upon arrival, the crew was greeted with a Georgian demonstration of dancing and singing, after conducting the U.S. and Georgian National Anthems. The Georgian coast guard and Hamilton also conducted several tours, a dinner and a five kilometer run to foster camaraderie.
“It was an honor for Hamilton and her crew to visit Batumi,” said Capt. Timothy Cronin, commanding officer of USCGC Hamilton (WMSL 753). “The Georgians welcomed us with open arms and we are grateful for their friendship. The U. S. Coast Guard looks forward to more opportunities where we can work with the Georgian coast guard and our Black Sea partners to advance the rule of law on the sea.”
During their stop in Batumi, Hamilton engaged with Georgian coast guard leadership, local Georgia dignitaries, Kelly Degnan, U.S. Ambassador and Archil Chikovani, Mayor of Batumi.
“The U.S. Coast Guard, along with the U.S. Navy, work closely with the Georgian Coast Guard on the maritime component of our robust security and defense partnership,” said Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan, U.S. Ambassador to Georgia. “We welcome Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton to Batumi, where her crew will train with their counterparts in the Georgian Coast Guard, engage with community leaders, and above all, reaffirm the United States’ commitment to Georgia’s territorial integrity.”
The U.S. Coast Guard is conducting a routine deployment in U.S. Sixth Fleet area, working alongside Allies, building maritime domain awareness and sharing best practices with partner nation Navies and Coast Guards. This port marks the cutter’s third stop while conducting operations in U.S. Sixth Fleet, following Rota, Spain and Naples, Italy.
Hamilton is the fourth national security cutter and is the fifth named for the father of the U.S. Coast Guard – Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury and advocate for the creation of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service.
The U.S. Coast Guard remains operational during COVID-19, following all COVID-19 safety precautions and regulation