Survey ship HMS Echo has arrived in Georgia in what the Royal Navy say is her second visit to the eastern European republic in five months.
The Plymouth-based ship has sailed into the port of Batumi.
In a release, the Royal Navy advise that HMS Echo will work with the Georgian Coastguard at sea on combined exercises, building on the relationship the two established when the Royal Navy ship visited the country in December.
Commander Matthew Warren, HMS Echo’s Commanding Officer, said:
“I am delighted to return to Batumi where we have enjoyed such a warm welcome from our Georgian friends and allies. I look forward to working with the Georgian Coastguard once again towards our common aim of peace and stability within the Black Sea.
HMS Echo’s presence in the Black Sea forms part of the UK’s commitment to working with regional allies to preserve freedom of navigation within the Black Sea in line with international law. This is important activity that helps maintain regional stability and support economic prosperity.”