Georgian peacekeeping unit departs for NATO Afghanistan mission

  • GDF Eastern Command Brigadier General Aleksandre Kiknadze delivered a formal address to the unit before their departure. Photo via Ministry of Defence of Georgia press office., 21 Jul 2020 - 14:29, Tbilisi,Georgia

A company-sized unit of the Georgian Defence Forces is on its way to get involved in NATO's Resolute Support peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan, marking the latest rotational deployment of troops from Georgia in the effort.

A select company from the GDF Eastern Command, commanded by Major Zurab Tskhadadze, left for the mission on Tuesday in a formal ceremony at the Alekseyevka Mixed Aviation Base on the outskirts of Tbilisi.

Brigadier General Aleksandre Kiknadze, Eastern Command, gave an address for the unit at the airbase before their departure for the coalition Camp Marmal, in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, in the north of Afghanistan.

At the base the Georgian company will take over Quick Reaction Force tasks from their counterparts from the GDF 2nd Infantry Brigade for the next seven months, providing assistance to forces involved in peacekeeping missions. The Georgian unit will formally serve under German command at the base.