Chinese naval fleet returns from escort mission

Xinhua Published: 2017-07-13 18:40:40
Comment
Share
Share this with Close
Messenger Messenger Pinterest LinkedIn

After a 208-day sail, covering nearly 120,000 nautical miles, a Chinese fleet wrapped up its escort mission Wednesday morning.

Anchoring at a military port in Zhanjiang, southern China's Guangdong Province, the 25th convey fleet was sent by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, the PLA Daily reported Thursday.

The PLA 25th convey fleet anchors at a military port in Zhanjiang on July 12, 2017, after wrapping up its 208-day escort mission. [Photo: 81.cn]

The PLA 25th convey fleet anchors at a military port in Zhanjiang on July 12, 2017, after wrapping up its 208-day escort mission. [Photo: 81.cn]

The fleet is composed of two missile frigates, a supply ship, two ship-borne helicopters, dozens of special combat soldiers and more than 700 seamen and officers.

During the mission, it escorted a total of 62 Chinese and foreign ships and rescued two ships, which were being chased and attacked. The fleet also discovered and expelled 82 suspicious vessels.

The fleet also made friendly visits to Madagascar, Australia, New Zealand and Vanuatu, according to the PLA Daily.

China sent its first escort squad to the Gulf of Aden and Somali waters in Dec. 2008 in order to protect passing ships against pirate attacks, safeguard sea lane security and maintain freedom of navigation along waterways.


Related stories

Share this story on

Most Popular

Photo

Highlights of WTA Wuhan Open singles 2nd round
Yellow Mountain bathed in a sea of clouds
Man rents shipping container, turns it into elegant apartment
Chinese vice premier watches 'hoops' in NYC
Li Na tastes local delicacy during WTA Wuhan Open
Giant tuna captured in South China Sea

News

A technology-oriented day trip in Hefei
Technology, art, culture collide in Hefei
China's self-built icebreaker "Xuelong 2" to complete in 2019
New air route linking Wuhan, Manila opens
UK's first bilingual Mandarin nursery school expands
Kissinger calls for cooperative U.S.-China relationship