The 10th and 11th naval escort taskforces under the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) held mission handover ceremony on the morning of March 17, local time, on board of the "Haikou" warship.
The mission handover ceremony began at 11:00. Li Shihong, commander of the 10th Chinese naval escort taskforce and deputy chief of staff of the South China Sea Fleet of the PLA Navy, and Yang Junfei, commander of the 11th Chinese naval escort taskforce and deputy commander of the North China Sea Fleet of the PLA Navy, respectively signed on the mission handover book. The 10th naval escort taskforce briefed the 11th naval escort taskforce on the basic situations of the Gulf of Aden and the waters off the Somali coast and the escort mission, and handed over relevant materials, equipment and spare parts.
To date, the 10th Chinese naval escort taskforce has completed a total of 40 escort missions for 240 ships, effectively handled 46 suspected pirate attacks and harassments in 13 cases, and rescued a merchant ship chased by pirate vessels, achieving a 100% safety rate for escorted ships.
The 11th Chinese naval escort taskforce set sail from Qingdao of east China's Shandong province on February 27, and smoothly arrived in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off the Somali coast on March 15 to meet with the 10th Chinese naval escort taskforce. Starting from 15:00 on March 17, Beijing time, the 11th Chinese naval escort taskforce officially took over the escort mission in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off the Somali coast from the 10th Chinese naval escort taskforce.
By Gao Fei and Chen Dianhong
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