Chinese naval taskforce on homebound voyage after ‘Aman-17’ exercise

China Military
Huang Panyue
A joint maritime blockade drill is conducted on Feb 13, local time, during the “Aman-17” multinational joint naval exercise held in waters adjacent to Karachi of Pakistan. (Photo/Wang Changsong)

KARACHI, PAKISTAN, Feb. 16 (ChinaMil) -- The 24th Chinese naval escort taskforce, after participating in the "Aman-17" multinational joint naval exercise, embarked on homebound voyage on Feb. 15, 2017, local time.

The naval taskforce comprises of the guided-missile destroyer Harbin, the guided-missile frigate Handan and the comprehensive supply ship Dongpinghu.

During the five-day exercise starting on Feb 10, the Chinese sailors and sailors from other participating navies took part in cultural exchange activities, sport competitions, thematic seminars and maritime actual-troop drills.

During the stage of maritime actual-troop drills, naval warships from participating countries were grouped into three combined taskforces.

The first combined taskforce consisted of six naval ships including the Chinese guided-missile frigate Handan, the Russian destroyer Severomorsk, the Turkish frigate Gelibolu and the Pakistani frigate Aslat.

The second combined taskforce comprised five warships. Apart from the Chinese guided-missile destroyer Harbin, the other four members of the taskforce were British destroyer Daring, the australina frigate Arunta, the Indonesia frigate Sultan Iskandarmuda and the frigate Saif of Pakistan.

The third combined taskforce was comprised of four naval ships including the Chinese supply ship Dongpinghu, an inshore patrol boat from the Sri Lanka Navy and the Pakistani frigate Tippu Sultan.

The maritime drills included ship formation maneuver, replenishment at sea (RAS) and joint maritime blockade drill.

After completing its mission of participating in the “Aman-17” multinational joint naval exercise on Feb 14, the three Chinese naval ships departed for China from waters adjacent to Karachi of Pakistan on the next day.

A ship-borne helicopter of the 24th Chinese naval escort taskforce prepares to land on the deck of the Chinese destroyer Harbin on Feb. 14, 2017 during the “Aman-17” multinational joint naval exercise held in karachi, Pakistan. (Photo/ Wang Changsong)

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