The picture taken on August 1, 2017 shows the guided-missile frigate Yueyang (Hull 575) berths at a naval port in Sanya, South China's Hainan province.
SANYA, Aug. 3 (ChinaMil) -- The 27th Chinese naval escort taskforce on Tuesday set sail from a naval port in Sanya, South China's Hainan province, embarking on the voyage to the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somali coast for escort mission.
The taskforce consists of the guided-missile destroyer Haikou, the guided-missile frigate Yueyang and the supply ship Qinghaihu.
The frigate Yueyang starts to implement its escort mission for the first time, and the other two have served in the Chinese naval escort task force for times.
Since the PLA Navy sent the first escort taskforce to the Gulf of Aden in December 2008, more than 70 Chinese naval ships/times in 26 escort taskforces have been dispatched to carry out merchant ship escort missions in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off Somali coast, They have escorted nearly 6,400 Chinese and foreign merchant ships.