Georgia's navy and coast guard suffered heavy damage during Russia's August invasion of its southern neighbor. Unconfirmed reports indicate that Tbilisi, an ex-Ukrainian Matka-class semi-hydrofoil transferred to Georgia in 1999; Dioscuria, a Combattante II-class guided-missile patrol boat; either Giorgi Toreli or Batumi, both Stenka-class patrol craft; P-204 and P-205, Zhuk-class patrol boats; Kutaisi, an ex-Turkish AB-25-class patrol craft; Tskaltubo, an ex-Russian Project 360 patrol boat; and Ayety, a former German Klasse 331B minehunter may all have been destroyed by Russian forces. Though most of Georgia's vessels were apparently attacked pierside in the port of Poti, some craft reportedly made an attempt to ward off the invasion forces, but were outclassed by Russia's powerful Black Sea Fleet. Reports also indicate that the Russian Slava-class cruiser Moskva may have been damaged during the engagement.
By Eric Wertheim