The photo taken on Dec. 6 shows the guided missile destroyer Qingdao of the PLA Navy berthing in a naval port in Qingdao, a coastal city in east China’s Shandong Province. The 22nd Chinese naval escort taskforce set sail Sunday morning from Qingdao and headed for the Gulf of Aden and waters off the Somali coast.
QINGDAO, Dec. 6 (ChinaMil) – The 22nd Chinese naval escort taskforce set sail Sunday morning from a naval port in Qingdao, a coastal city in east China’s Shandong Province. This oceangoing navigation will take the taskforce to the Gulf of Aden and waters off the Somali coast where it will replace the 21st Chinese naval escort taskforce to provide escort for the merchant ships and fight against pirate activities.
The 22nd escort taskforce is composed of the guided missile destroyer Qingdao, guided missile frigate Daqing and supply ship Taihu, which are all from the North China Sea Fleet of the PLA Navy. Onboard the three warships are two ship-based helicopters and more than seven hundred officers and men including dozens of special troops.
Deputy Commander of the PLA Navy Rear Admiral Wang Hai, on behalf of PLA Navy’s Commander Admiral Wu Shengli and Political Commissar Admiral Miao Hua, attended and addressed the seeing-off ceremony held on Sunday morning at the wharf.
The commanding officer of the 22nd escort taskforce is Senior Captain Chen Qiangnan, who is director of the Armaments Department of the North China Sea Fleet.