HMS Echo Arrives In Georgia During Black Sea Visit

The research ship will work with the Georgian Coastguard on combined exercises at sea.

HMS Echo in the port of Batumi (Picture: Royal Navy).

Royal Navy survey ship HMS Echo has arrived for her second visit to Georgia in five months.

The Plymouth-based vessel has sailed into the port of Batumi, during a three-week period in the Black Sea.

The aim is to build upon the relationship established when the ship visited the eastern European republic in December.

Commanding Officer, Commander Matthew Warren, said he was looking forward to working with the Georgian Coastguard once more, towards their "common aim of peace and stability within the Black Sea".

HMS Echo in the Black Sea (Picture: Royal Navy).

Before docking in Batumi, HMS Echo spent time in the Turkish Straits, working to reinforce freedom of navigation within the region with Britain's allies.

Cdr Warren added: "This is important activity that helps maintain regional stability and support economic prosperity."