The guided missile destroyer Qingdao (Hull No. 113) enters its home port in Qingdao, a coastal city in east China's Shandong province on June 30, 2016. The 22nd Chinese naval escort taskforce composed of the missile destroyer Qingdao, missile frigate Daqing and supply ship Taihu, returned to Qingdao on Thursday morning. (Chinanews/Lai Yonglei)
QINGDAO, July 1 (ChinaMil) -- The 22nd Chinese naval escort taskforce returned to Qingdao on Thursday morning. The North China Sea Fleet of the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLAN) held a ceremony at the wharf to welcome the taskforce.
The 22nd Chinese naval escort taskforce consists of the missile destroyer Qingdao, missile frigate Daqing and supply ship Taihu. The three warships set sail from Qingdao on December 6, 2015, and arrived in the Gulf of Aden on December 29 after more than 8000 nautical miles of continuous navigation in twenty-three days and nights.
After fulfilling the four-month-long mission of escorting Chinese and foreign merchant ships in the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia, the three warships of the 22nd escort taskforce embarked on their voyage home, during which they visited the Port of Cape Town in South Africa, the Port of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania, and the Port of Busan in South Korea.
As routine practices, the taskforce conducted joint exercises with the escort forces of foreign navies in the Gulf of Aden and the South African Navy when visiting the Port of Cape Town.