Djibouti, Dec 4 -- The comprehensive supply ship Dongpinghu (Hull 960) attached to the 36th escort taskforce of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy left the Port of Djibouti recently after more than 7 hours’ in-port replenishment. This is the first in-port replenishment of the taskforce since it set sail from China on September 3. And all the supplies of the in-port replenishment came from domestic China.
During the in-port replenishment, the escort taskforce completed “contact-free” loading of over 70 tons of supplies, which were purchased through domestic channels and transported by merchant ships in cold-chain storage.
As the COVID-19 pandemic is still spreading across the world, the taskforce carefully analyzed the pandemic situation in the Gulf of Aden and prudently chose the timing, location, and approach of purchasing and replenishing the supplies. They also organized rigorous sterilization and sampling inspection and quarantine of the containers and food packages during the replenishment.
It is learned that after the in-port replenishment, the comprehensive supply ship Dongpinghu (Hull 960) will conduct replenishment-at-sea with the guided-missile destroyer Guiyang (Hull 119) and the guided-missile frigate Zaozhuang (Hull 542).