GULF OF ADEN, April 26 (ChinaMil) -- The 25th and 26th Chinese naval escort taskforces conducted their second joint escort operation in the Gulf of Aden on April 25 after their rendezvous and mission handover on April 21.
Two merchant ships, one of which was from Singapore and the other from Marshall Islands, sailed eastward from the western waters of the Gulf of Aden at 9:00 on Tuesday, local time, under the joint escort of two Chinese escort taskforces. The guided missile frigate Huanggang (hull number 577) of the 26th Chinese naval escort taskforce acted as the commanding ship in the joint escort mission, marking the official handover of command of the escort mission between the two taskforces.
After 590 nautical miles of navigation, the two escort fleets and the escorted ships are expected to reach the destination waters on the morning of April 27. Upon completion of the joint escort, the 25th escort taskforce will leave and the 26th escort taskforce will begin to carry out escort tasks independently.