Chinese naval escort fleet conducts anti-piracy training en route to Gulf of Aden

China Military

BEIJING, April 14 (ChinaMil) -- The 26th Chinese naval escort taskforce has strengthened training of anti-piracy tactics en route to the Gulf of Aden in response to growing pirate activities in the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia, according to a video report CCTV put on Wednesday.

The taskforce conducted an anti-piracy drill without preplans on April 11, local time. The drill dealt with a simulated scenario in which a commercial ship was being chased by a pirate speedboat and sent distress signals to the Chinese naval escort taskforce. Upon receiving order, the Huanggang and Yangzhou, two guided-missile frigates of the taskforce, immediately headed for the incident water rapidly.

The two frigates obtained real-time information of the commercial ship and pirates activities through reconnaissance equipment onboard, while the ship-borne helicopters took off to give warning, and the assault boats carrying special operation troops approached the pirates' speedboats and drove them away.

"In the past month, there have been many incidents in which merchant ships were raided by pirates in the Gulf of Aden and its nearby waters, the anti-piracy training is conducive to improving the troops' emergency handling capability," said Wang Zhongcai, commanding officer of the 26th naval escort taskforce.



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