08TBILISI1603, REQUEST FOR U.S. GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE IN GEORGIAN

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08TBILISI1603 2008-09-18 05:37 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Tbilisi

VZCZCXYZ0003
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHSI #1603 2620537
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 180537Z SEP 08
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0106

UNCLAS TBILISI 001603 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
FOR EUR/CARC 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PREL EWWT PARM GG
SUBJECT: REQUEST FOR U.S. GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE IN GEORGIAN 
SALVAGE OPERATIONS IN POTI 
 
SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED - NOT FOR INTERNET DISTRIBUTION. 
 
1. (U)  This is an action request.  Please see paragraph 5. 
 
2.  (SBU)  During the August 2008 conflict between Russian 
and Georgia, Russian air and ground forces inflicted 
significant damage to the military and coast guard side of 
the port in Poti.  Several vessels were attacked by Russian 
air forces, short range ballistic missiles and ground forces 
employing explosives.  Many of these vessels were scuttled at 
their piers and a few are partially submerged in the harbor. 
The scuttled vessels are a significant obstacle to the 
resumption of normal operations by the Georgian coast guard 
and navy. 
 
3.  (SBU)  The Georgian Border Guards and the Georgian 
Ministry of Defense have formally request for USG assistance 
in removing their vessels from the water.  The Ministry of 
Defense will scrap the navy vessels that have been destroyed. 
 The Border Guards intend to salvage and repair one of their 
three vessels that was scuttled pier side and they intend to 
remove spare parts from the other two. 
 
4.  (SBU)  The navy vessels that were sunk or destroyed in 
the port are the Tbilisi (302), Dioskulia (303), the 
Tskaltubo (101), and the hydrographic vessel (082).  The 
Georgian coast guard vessels that were sunk or destroyed in 
the port are the P-204, P-205, and the Ayeti.  The coast 
guard intends to repair only the Ayeti. 
 
5.  (SBU)  Action Request.  Post understands that the PCC is 
supportive of Georgian requests for possible U.S. assistance 
with salvage operations.  Therefore, post supports this 
request and asks that the Department approach the Department 
of Defense and U.S. Naval Forces Europe to consider a 
positive response to this request by sending the requisite 
support to Poti in order to assist in the removal of these 
damaged vessels from their pier locations. 
TEFFT

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