The 22nd and 23rd Chinese naval escort taskforces sail in formations before their separate navigation in the Gulf of Aden on May 2, 2016, local time. (navy.81.cn/Zhang Hailong)
GULF OF ADEN, May 3 (ChinaMil) -- The 22nd and 23rd Chinese naval escort taskforces arrived at the waters in the east Gulf of Aden at 08:00 on Monday, after conducting a joint escort drill in the past two consecutive days and nights.
After a ceremony featured with 15 green signal flares fired into the sky and one-minute whistle by each warships, the two taskforces started their separate navigation. The 22nd taskforce steered right and left the Gulf of Aden at high speed.
The 22nd taskforce from the PLA Navy's North China Sea Fleet consists of the missile destroyer Qingdao，missile frigate Daqing and supply ship Taihu. The 3 warships of the 23rd taskforce are missile frigates Xiangtan and Zhoushan as well as supply ship Chaohu from the East China Sea Fleet of the PLA navy.
The two taskforces had conducted mission handover and completed two joint escort drills before their separate navigation.
The 22nd Chinese naval escort taskforce has offered escort for 56 civilian ships in 25 batches.
The 22nd and 23rd Chinese naval escort taskforces start their separate navigation in the Gulf of Aden on May 2, 2016, local time. (navy.81.cn/Zhang Hailong)