Thursday, October 21, 2010http://china-defense.blogspot.com/2010/10/rumor-has-it.html
Rumor has it.For whatever the reason, the PLAN does not like to place its imported warships under international spotlight and they seldom take part in foreign port calls. This is about to change -- rumor has it DDG 138 Taizhou (Russian Sovremenny class) might participate in the 7th PLAN task force to the Gulf of Aden.
7th Chinese naval escort taskforce ready for mission in Gulf of Aden
(Source: PLA Daily) 2010-11-02
At 4:00 p.m. , November 1, the 7th Chinese naval escort taskforce which is to implement the escort task in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off the Somali coast held a ceremonious oath-taking and mobilization meeting in a military port in Zhoushan, east China’s Zhejiang Province.
At the meeting, Zhang Huachen, commander of the 7th Chinese naval escort taskforce and deputy commander of the East China Sea Fleet (ECSF) of the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, said, on behalf of the officers and men of the escort taskforce, that they would spare no efffort to fulfill the escort mission.
According to Li Jianjun, political commissar of the 7th Chinese naval escort taskforce and deputy director of the Political Department of the ECSF, the taskforce is formed by the ECSF’s two home-made new-type missile frigates “Zhoushan” and “Xuzhou” and the “Qiandaohu” comprehensive supply ship.
This is the second time for the three warships to implement the escort task in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off the Somali coast. The three Chinese navy ships would carry two ship-based helicopters and more than 780 servicemen, including dozens of special operation members to the mission area, said Li Jianjun.
Du Jingchen and Cen Xu, commander and political commissar respectively of the ECSF, were present at the oath-taking and mobilization meeting.
By Li Jianwen and Fang Lihua
Editor:Ou Yang Dongmei