GULF OF ADEN, August 23 (ChinaMil) — The 14th and 15th escort taskforces under the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) held a mission handover ceremony after a two-day-long joint naval escort mission at the waters in the western Gulf of Aden on the afternoon of August 22, 2013, local time.
During the handover ceremony, the 14th Chinese naval escort taskforce introduced its experience from the six-month-long naval escort, during which personnel of the taskforce command post introduced in detail the current situation of pirate activities in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off the Somali coast. In addition, relevant naval escort documents, equipment and spare parts were handed over between the 14th and 15th Chinese naval escort taskforces, and after that the two sides signed the handover document.
The 15th Chinese naval escort taskforce was scheduled to formally take over the 14th taskforce to implement naval escort missions in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off the Somali coast from 20:00 on August 22, local time. In addition, the “Harbin” guided missile destroyer and the “Weishan Lake” comprehensive supply ship of the 14th Chinese naval escort taskforce will participate in a China-U.S. joint maritime anti-piracy exercise, according to sources.