Chinese naval taskforce 152 enters Pacific Ocean via Panama Canal

Source: China Military OnlineEditor: Ouyang Dongmei
2015-11-20 16:40

Chinese destroyer Jinan approaches the Gatun Lock on the Panama Canal on Nov. 18, 2015. ( Zongfeng)

BEIJING, Nov. 19 (ChinaMil) -- Three Chinese naval ships entered the Pacific Ocean from the Caribbean Sea via the Panama Canal on the wee hours of November 19, 2015, local time.

The three Chinese warships, which are the guided missile destroyer Jinan, the guided missile frigate Yiyang and the supply ship Qiandaohu, formed the 20th Chinese naval escort taskforce and performed merchant ships escort mission in the Gulf of Aden and waters off the Somali coast from April 25 to August 22. After completing the escort mission, the three Chinese naval ships started their global port call voyage in the taskforce 152.

At 4:30 pm, Nov. 18, the frigate Yiyang took the lead to pass the first lock, followed by the destroyer Jinan and the supply ship Qiandaohu.

The three warships successfully passed the Panama Canal at 2:30 am on Nov. 19 after 10 hours of navigation.

Before coming to the Panama Canal, the taskforce had successfully passed the Suez Canal on Sept. 1 and the Kiel Canal on Oct. 12 respectively on its global voyage.

The Chinese naval taskforce 152 wrapped its goodwill visit to Cuba and departed from the Port of Havana on Nov. 14. It will go up north along the east coast of the Pacific Ocean and head for Acapulco of Mexico, which is the 10th leg of its global port call voyage.

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