In the latest round of peacekeeping duties for the NATO mission in Afghanistan, the 32nd Infantry Battalion of the Georgian Defence Forces left Tbilisi on Wednesday to relieve their colleagues in Bagram.
Departing to replace the 13th Infantry Battalion at the Bagram Air Base, about 25km north of capital Kabul, the unit received a formal send-off involving Major General Matiashvili, Chief of the GDF and Brigadier General Koba Grigolia, Chief of the Western Command of the defence forces.
The departing battalion is the second GDF unit that has undergone all training for NATO's Resolute Support mission in Georgia. Previously Georgian battalions passed their mission Readiness Exercises - the final phase of preparation - at the United States Army-run multinational training base in Hohenfels, Germany.
Assessed by both Georgian drill instructors and their counterparts from US and European forces, the 32nd battalion received high marks at the MREs in Georgia, a release by the Ministry of Defence of Georgia said.
The unit is commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Tariel Makharashvili and will replace the 13th battalion for providing base security at the Bagram Air Base, the largest US military base in Afghanistan, over the next six months.