GULF OF ADEN, May 2 (ChinaMil) -- The 28th Chinese naval escort taskforce handed over the mission of escorting merchant ships sailing in the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somali coast to its successor, the 29th Chinese naval escort taskforce on Tuesday.
The 29th Chinese naval escort taskforce consists of the frigates Binzhou and Xuzhou and the comprehensive supply ship Qiandaohu sent by the Donghai Fleet of the PLA Navy. The three warships set sail on April 4 from their homeport in Zhoushan, a coastal city in east China's Zhejiang province and arrived at the east water of the Gulf of Aden on April 28.
A mission handover ceremony was held Tuesday morning aboard the frigate Yancheng, the commanding ship of the 28th escort taskforce.
Before the mission handover, the two escort taskforces jointly conducted an escort drill. During the drill, the supply ship Qiandaohu, which acted as the merchant ship, was escorted by the other naval ships of the two taskforces heading to the terminal of the escort voyage in the west water of the Gulf of Aden.
The 28th Chinese naval escort taskforce, which is composed of three warships form the PLA Navy's Beihai Fleet, i.e. the frigates Yancheng and Weifang and the comprehensive supply ship Taihu, started the escort mission in the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia on December 26, 2017. The taskforce has successfully completed 30 escort missions in the past four months.