24th Chinese naval escort taskforce returns home

China Military
Yao Jianing


China's guided-missile destroyer Harbin, one of the three warships of the 24th Chinese naval escort taskforce, returns to its homeport in Qingdao on March 8 after completing escort mission in the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia.

QINGDAO, March 9 (ChinaMil) -- The 24th Chinese naval escort taskforce returned to its homeport Qingdao in east China's Shandong Province on Wednesday morning.

Vice Admiral Shen Jinlong, commander of the PLA Navy, joined the sailors meeting the taskforce at the dock and extended greetings to all the officers and soldiers in the taskforce.

The 24th escort taskforce, comprising of the guided-missile destroyer Harbin (Hull 112), the guided-missile frigate Handan (Hull 579) and the comprehensive supply ship Dongpinghu (Hull 960), set sail from Qingdao for the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somali coast on August 10, 2016.

In the mission period lasting four months since September 10, 2016, they have successfully provided escort for Chinese and foreign merchant ships, and discovered and expulsed suspected pirate boats.

After departing from the Gulf of Aden on January 5, 2017, the taskforce paid friendly visits to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.

Before returning to China, the taskforce participated in the "Aman-17" multinational joint naval exercise held in karachi of Pakistan from February 10 to 14.

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