Chinese peacekeeping infantry battalion to S. Sudan conducts first troop rotation

Source: China Military OnlineEditor: Ouyang
2015-12-04 16:59


Troops of the 1st Chinese peacekeeping infantry battalion to South Sudan are boarding a chartered plane bound for China at the Juba International Airport in Juba, capital of South Sudan, Dec. 3, 2015. (mod.gov.cn)
 

JUBA, South Sudan, Dec. 4 (ChinaMil) -- Chinese peacekeeping infantry battalion to South Sudan finished its first troop rotation on Dec. 3. The Juba International Airport witnessed the arrival of 110 soldiers of the 2nd Chinese peacekeeping infantry battalion and departure of the troops of the 1st Chinese peacekeeping infantry battalion on Thursday.

The 110 troops arriving by a chartered flight at about 12:00 on Thursday, local time belonged to the vanguard unit of the 2nd Chinese peacekeeping infantry battalion.

The 1st Chinese peacekeeping infantry battalion completed its deployment in South Sudan on April 8 this year after completing the construction of its new barracks in only 28 days. The battalion was entrusted with missions of patrolling urban areas, defending barrack areas of UN peacekeeping forces, guarding refugee camps, offering emergency assistance, carrying out long distance patrol, establishing temporary operation bases and escorting UN convoys. All these missions have been performed with flying colors.

In the past 8 months in South Sudan, the Chinese peacekeeping infantrymen have set many records in its mission area including the speed in barrack construction and the quantity of escorted materials.

At the award-granting ceremony held on Nov. 12, Ms. Ellen Margrethe Loej, who is the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, praised the 1st Chinese peacekeeping infantry battalion for its contributions to the cause of peace in South Sudan, saying that the Chinese peacekeepers set a model for the troops of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

The Chinese peacekeeping infantry battalion to South Sudan is scheduled to carry out its first rotation in early December 2015.

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