NATO Forces Interact With Chinese Naval Vessel for antipiracy

In the spirit of cooperation, a team of Italian Marines from NATO’s Flagship, ITS San Marco, demonstrated a fast rope insertion used in counter piracy operations onto the deck of the CNS Harbin, Flagship of the Chinese Task Group April 14 in the Gulf of Aden.

The NATO forces and Harbin are both involved in counter piracy missions in the joint operating area. This event marked the 2nd time NATO maritime forces have conducted a joint drill with the Chinese Task Group, and the first time aircraft were involved. The previous drill was praised by both sides and resulted in a statement of satisfaction in Beijing by US Defense Secretary Panetta.


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