Thursday, April 2, 2015

Chinese Navy Resumes Escort Mission in Gulf of Aden

The comprehensive supply ship Weishanhu (R) of the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLAN) is carrying out replenishment for a warship of the PLAN. (File photo)

April 2, 2015 - The Chinese Navy formally resumed its escort missions on April 1 after a temporary termination for 109 hours.
At 09:00 sharp on April 1, three merchant ships, under the escort of the comprehensive supply ship Weishanhu of the 19th escort taskforce of the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLAN), set sail from the western area of the Gulf of Aden and navigated eastward.
At the direction of the Chinese government, the 19th Chinese naval escort taskforce temporarily terminated their escort mission from March 26 to 31 and headed for Yemen, where the three warships of the taskforce evacuated 571 Chinese nationals and 8 foreigners in two batches from conflict-ridden Yemen to Djibouti.
The merchant ships escorted by the Weishanhu are all foreign ships with two of them from Panama and one from Greece.

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