A farewell ceremony was held at Vaziani military base outside of Tbilisi. (Ministry of Defense.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–The 33rd and 42nd battalions of Georgia’s III and IV infantry brigades are today getting ready to depart for Afghanistan to participate in NATO’s ISAF mission.

According to the Defense Ministry, both battalions have been through a six-month training. Battalion personnel have also undergone preparation in the US Joint Multinational Readiness Centre (JMRC) based in the German city of Hohenfelse, the ministry informs.

The new Georgian military contingent will replace the 12th and 23th battalions of the I and II infantry brigades and will continue participation for the next six months in Helmand Province.

Georgia now is the largest non-NATO member contributor to ISAF operations with about 1 700 soldiers serving. 19 Georgian soldiers have lost their lives while serving in Afghanistan.

A farewell event for the 33rd and 42nd battalions was today held at Vaziani military base outside of Tbilisi.