Chinese warships departs Qingdao for Gulf of Aden mission

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy warships departed a naval port in Qingdao of East China’s Shandong province for deployment in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off Somali coast, on Dec. 3.

The 28th naval escort taskforce, sent by the PLA Navy’s North Sea Fleet, consists of two Type 054A (Jiangkai II class) guided-missile frigates, Yancheng (546) and Weifang (550), and a Type 903 (Qiandaohu-class) comprehensive supply ship Taihu (889).

The ships also embark two ship-based helicopters and nearly 700 officers and men. All the three ships have ever been to the Gulf of Aden for naval escort missions before.

Rear Admiral Zhang Wendan, commander of the North China Sea Fleet, attended the send-off ceremony at the naval port in Qingdao.

Since 2008, the Chinese Navy has sent 27 contingent convoy escort missions to the Gulf of Aden and Somalia to carry out escort missions. It has successfully completed the task of escorting more than 6,400 Chinese and foreign ships.

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