Naval flotilla for escort mission in waters off Somalia, Gulf of Aden returns
( Source: Xinhua ) 2009-August-21 15:51
BEIJING, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- China's naval convoy on duty off the Somalia coast and in the Gulf of Aden has successfully accomplished its missions and returned to the naval port in Zhanjiang city in Guangdong Province at 9 a.m. Friday, said a PLA Navy source.
The convoy amassed 85,000 sea miles in 142 days' voyaging. During that time it escorted 308 merchant ships, conducted regional cover for 85 more and went to the assistance of four being attacked, the source said.
The convoy, the second from China to patrol the pirate-infested area, was sent to the region on April 2 this year. It was made up of guided missile destroyer "Shenzhen", missile frigate "Huangshan" and a supply ship.