GULF OF ADEN, November 19 (ChinaMil) -- The Chinese and ROK naval escort taskforces that were carrying out escort mission in the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somali held joint drills on November 17, 2015, including such subjects as anti-pirate drill, visit, board, search and seizure training, medical aid and rescue and helicopter landing on each other’s warship.
Chinese navy's guided-missile frigate Liuzhou and ROK navy's Chungmugong Yi Sun-sin class destroyer participated in the drills, along with tens of special operations soldiers and a ship-borne helicopter from each side.
To enhance mutual trust and make the drills more transparent, each side assigned three officers to board each other's vessel and participate in the drills as observers.
The exercises lasted from 13:00 to 18:00 on November 17. "The drills are an important military exchange between the Chinese and ROK naval escort taskforces. The two sides worked in coordination in all the subjects, fully reflecting the military competence and upbeat character of the officers and soldiers from both sides," said Yu Manjiang, commanding officer of the Chinese taskforce and deputy chief of staff of the South China Sea Fleet of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy.
Yu said the drills helped the two sides accumulate experience in communication commanding, visit, board, search and seizure, medical aid and rescue, improved the Chinese and ROK naval vessels' capabilities of jointly dealing with emergencies and completing escort missions, strengthened the exchange and cooperation between Chinese and ROK navies, and deepened their mutual trust and friendship.