GULF OF ADEN, September 7 (ChinaMil) -- The 23rd and 24th Chinese naval escort taskforces hosted the hand-over ceremony aboard the Chinese guided-missile frigate Xiangtan at 10 a.m. on September 2, local time, after completing the 967th escort mission.
During the hand-over of tasks, related materials on escort missions were handed over to the 24th taskforce. The 23rd taskforce introduced in details the hydrometeorological characteristics, suspicious object recognition and emergency disposal of the mission area, as well as new changes, situations and features of the pirate activities in the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia.
Since the start of its mission on April 29, the 23rd Chinese naval escort taskforce has completed 39 batches of escort tasks for 79 international and domestic ships and expelled 41 suspected pirate ships in seven batches.
The escort taskforce has ensured the absolute security of the escorted ships and the escort taskforce itself.
During the mission period, the commanding officer of the 23rd naval escort taskforce has met with counterparts of the EU Combined Task Force 465 (CTF-465) and the U.S.-led Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151).
The Chinese guided-missile frigate Xiangtan of the 23rd naval escort taskforce also participated in the Kiel Week activities in Germany and expanded the influence of the Chinese Navy.
In accordance with the order of the PLA Navy, the 24th naval escort taskforce officially took over escort tasks in the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia at 3 p.m. on September 2, local time.
On its way home, the 23rd Chinese naval escort taskforce will pay friendly visits to related countries.